• About Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss

    Stephen Browne is a senior fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and co-director of FUNDS, the Future United Nations Development System. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Browne studied economics at Cambridge University and in Paris.

    Thomas G. Weiss is the Presidential Professor of Political Science and the director emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center and co-director of FUNDS. He is also a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

    An SDG Fund: Supporting the 2030 UN Development Agenda

    by  • May 14, 2017 • Development, Sustainable Development Goals • 

    There is an ongoing process of change in the United Nations development system, albeit a slow one given the size of the challenges. At the country level, more UN country teams (UNCTs) are endorsing the principles of Delivering as One, which have spread from the original eight pilot countries. There is evidence of more...

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    Advice to António Guterres: A Leaner UN Could Be a Better UN

    by  • March 27, 2017 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    GENEVA — Whether or not he is a fan of Chinese characters, António Guterres will have to discover the double meaning of a crisis as opportunity. United Nations corridors on First Avenue in New York are buzzing with anxiety about the possibility of impending cuts in funding from the United States, with hints from...

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    The UN’s Ninth Secretary-General Takes Office Amid Loud Calls for Change

    by  • January 19, 2017 • Secretary-General • 

    António Guterres, the new United Nations secretary-general, was chosen on merit and takes over the UN during an especially turbulent period and after a decade of low-key leadership and low staff morale. The “first” UN of governments includes the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council (P-5) that are stoking conflict, flouting international humanitarian...

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    Next Best in 2016? The UN Secretary-General Must Be a Reformer

    by  • December 9, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    GENEVA — For only the second time — the first was in 1996 — the electoral campaigns for the American president and the United Nations secretary-general are running in parallel. Both promise to be long and protracted. Each already has a growing slate of presumptive candidates pounding flesh and employing lobbyists. But the next...

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    The UN Development Program: A New Crisis or a New Opportunity?

    by  • June 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    GENEVA — For those with longer memories, the latest dip in resources for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the staff cutbacks and restructuring announced by its administrator, Helen Clark, in May are merely the onset of another cycle, just in time for the agency’s 50th anniversary but part of its history since...

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    New Development Goals, Plus Ça Change?

    by  • September 2, 2013 • Development • 

    “If we want things to change, some things will have to stay as they are.” This inversion of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa‘s aphorism summarizes a key finding of a recent global survey on the future development goals. A select group of development commentators favors maintaining most of the familiar Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after...

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