Here are a couple of references and articles on the current state of play on UN reform:
- Joe Loconte of the Heritage Foundation comments on the broken UN human rights machinery, particularly the Human Rights Commission, and why the current reform efforts are not likely to fix it. September 13, 2005, here. Loconte's article is striking because it does not simply announce that nothing can be done to improve things - it offers a series of proposals that merit discussion. I hope they don't get dismissed out of hand by the human rights ngo community because they are offered by Heritage, but they probably will.
- The BBC has the following report on the state of negotiations over the final document, here.