Lydia Swart

Lydia Swart has worked for international NGOs for many years and has written extensively on the GA. Her recent publications for the Center for UN Reform Education include co-authorship of The Group of 77: Perspectives on Its Role in the UN General Assembly and Reform of the Security Council from 1945 to September 2013.

The staying power of the United Nations is remarkable. For nearly 70 years, the UN's membership has grown rapidly after newly independent countries joined its ranks. It is encouraging too that no country has felt a strong enough urge to leave the organization in spite of its democratic deficiencies.