NAM’s Agenda for UN Secretariat and Management Reform

One of the pressing demands of the Non- Aligned Movement corresponds to the collective agenda of its Member States of the reform of the United Nations. NAM Member States believed that there should be an equality of representation and respect for the principles of multilateralism in the functioning of a vital international organization such as the UN. NAM believes that the voice of every Member State must be heard and respected during the reform process, irrespective of its level of contribution to the budget of the organization.
At the NAM Algiers Ministerial Summit in 2014, NAM leaders urged to advance the reform process of the Secretariat and Management, as approved by member states. They reiterated their long standing demand the United Nations must be equipped with the necessary and sufficient resources to allow its full implementation, avoiding any delay in this task. The Ministers stressed the importance of ensuring that the Secretariat meets the highest standards of accountability, transparency, integrity and ethical conduct. The Ministers, therefore, urged the Secretary General, as a matter of priority, to fully implement General Assembly resolution 66/257 entitled “Progress towards an accountability system in the United Nations Secretariat”, and other relevant resolutions.
Resolution 66/257 reaffirms the commitment to strengthening accountability in the United Nations Secretariat and the accountability of the Secretary-General for the performance of the Secretariat to all Member States. The resolution further stresses that accountability is a central pillar of effective and efficient management that requires attention and strong commitment at the highest level of the Secretariat, and then recognizes and reaffirms the important role of the oversight bodies in the development of an accountability system that is relevant to the United Nation.In order to increase the legitimacy of the UN secretariat, NAM has emphasized the need to increase the representation of developing countries, in particular at the senior levels, and to achieve gender balance, improve geographic distribution, in particular from member States not or underrepresented, in the Secretariat, and enhance transparency in the recruitment process. NAM has outlined a set of objectives for the reform of the secretariat. The first and foremost objective is to respond more effectively to the demands and needs of the Member States comprising from the Global South. Secondly, NAM’s vision for reforming the UN Secretariat entails further strengthening and updating the role, capacity, effectiveness and efficiency of the UN and thus, improving its performance in order to realize the full potential of the Organization, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. thirdly, NAM strives to ensure the effective enforcement of greater accountability and transparency measures within the Secretariat as well as accountability of the Secretariat towards Member States in particular at the senior managers level, and to fully implement, in this regard General Assembly resolution 64/259, which reaffirms its commitment to strengthening accountability in the United Nations Secretariat and the accountability of the Secretary-General for the performance of the Secretariat to all Member States. Resolution 64/259 further stresses that accountability is a central pillar of effective and efficient management that requires attention and strong commitment at the highest level of the Secretariat.
NAM leaders have demanded that the composition of the UN Secretariat should reflect the international character of the UN, and should underlie the fundamental principle through better observance of equitable geographic representation at all levels of the Secretariat, including senior managerial level.
As the UN enters its eighth decade, it continues to inspire humanity. But if the UN is to continue to fulfill its unique and vital global role in the twenty-first century, it must make sure that all Member States get an equality of representation in its various bodies. NAM has been the most vocal in raising such demands and as the largest grouping of developed countries of the world has broadly called for action to improve the transparency, openness and accountability of the processes of the UN.

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