Trying to head off negative press?

Annan urges bold changes to U.N. structure

Although I fully support the idea of reforming the United Nations, I’m thinking that this might be nothing more than a diversion from the fact that the final Volcker report on the Oil-for-Food investigation is due within the next few months and that UN peacekeepers might need to be relabeled “piece getters” if they don’t straighten up.

For more detailed info on Annan’s proposals, see this CNN article. If nothing else, it might open up the discussion. The UN will need to undergo some significant changes if it is to survive (at least in a meaningful way) far into the 21st century.