Rock On

Pushing a reform agenda at the UN's HQ

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 04/27/2005 12:00 am EDT

Some consider it a test run of UN reform. Allan Rock, chair of the UN Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee on Haiti, is assessing the long-term development prospects of the hemisphere's poorest country. On the other side, the UN Security Council is trying to pave the way for a safe election this fall, and is considering lengthening the mandate of a UN peacekeeping force (MINUSTAH) stationed there. Both groups are expected to report in the coming weeks, says Mr. Rock. "It was like a trial run of the Peacebuilding Commission," he says. "In effect you have the Security Council looking at the short term and ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) looking at the long-term goals. It worked very well."

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