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May 17: UN Reform with Ed DeLaney

Discuss the limits of the UN and how it might be reformed with one of the smartest and most experienced lawyers around, Ed DeLaney.

When: Wednesday May 17, talk 11:00-noon, lunch noon - 12:45

Where: North United Methodist Church, N. Meridian St. at 38th St.

Both its supporters and critics recognize the United Nations as an organization in need of critical changes. Disagreements about intervention in Iraq, the oil-for-food-scandal and management issues have fueled the debate about the UN's ability to take on global challenges. What reforms are needed to make the UN more effective?

Ed has taught me all everything worthwhile that I know about the problems with the UN. He has been on the ground, building new legal systems with the cooperation and obstruction of the UN, and thus brings an utterly refreshing perspective to the question. You should try to catch Ed's talk ... if you can't see him May 24, hear him when he talks to the Indiana Council on World Affairs' Great Decisions talk on February 7.

How to prepare for the talk? Check out the website of the Stanley Foundation, which has done more than just about any other organization in the world to promote an effective and honorable United Nations. And take a look at the latest headline from Yahoo or Google to bring yourself up to speed on the scandal du jour for the UN.

Part of the Mid-North Shepherd Center's Great deicisons series. Questions? Contact 317-924-0959 or mnscenter@aol.com

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