As we have previously reported, the South Korean Foreign Ministry is hosting a seminar on UN reform, co-sponsored by the UN Association.
Ban gave the keynote address of the workshop. In his keynote, he identified "dialogue" as the key to solving the problems of the UN, according to the Korea Herald:
"The key, I believe, is genuine dialogue among all the stakeholders. …
"The United Nations, always accused of too much talk, is in short supply when it comes to genuine dialogue and understanding."
"The current mistrust over the secretariat management reform, I believe, is also due as much to the lack of honest discussion among member states with different views."
This is very similar to what he said last week at CFR, which we also discussed. As we indicated there, we find this unsatisfactory. Something programmatic must be done to address the divisions in the UN.
Next on Ban's schedule: wooing the third African UNSC member.