UN Reform Initiatives

Read more about the article Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words
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Accountability – Transparency: Deceptive UN Words

Here is another disturbing case of the United Nations lack of Accountability and Transparency. We received this article from a current staff member of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who requested to publish this article without revealing the identity of the staff member, to avoid reprisal. It is hoped that Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, will respond to these serious allegations, which if true, the United Nations top management will have a lot to explain. The article is published below: Whether you are a skeptic or…

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Transform Distress into De-Stress

Don’t cry because it is over, think and smile because it happened.  World HR Trainer. Throughout history new technologies have revolutionized communication and the spread of information. Cyberspace has become the fifth domain of warfare after Land, Sea, Air and Space. Thanks to technology, even the UN Internal Justice System has sought to employ cyberspace and has created an atmosphere of honesty, transparency and accountability, howsoever unreal that may turn out to be in the final test. Has this improved technology enhanced human understanding, mutual respect, concern and compassion? The…

Read more about the article Non-Performing Assets of the UN
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Non-Performing Assets of the UN

"A manager's task is to make the strengths of people effective and their weakness irrelevant--and that applies fully as much to the manager's boss as it applies to the manager's subordinates." Peter Drucker. "Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people." John Rockefeller. In a classic definition, what does Non-Performing Asset (NPA) mean? A classification used by financial institutions that refer to loans that are in jeopardy of default. Once the borrower has failed to make interest or principal payments for 90 days,…

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Brand-Naming the Political-UN

“If the United Nations is a country unto itself, then the commodity it exports most is words.” Esther B. Fein. “In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. Mr. Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2001. I have been both a participant and a facilitator in a local senior citizens workshop to…

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UN vs Press Freedom

On 29 April 2010, UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, made these Remarks at observance of World Press Freedom Day: Thank you, Mr. Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for DPI, Excellency Dr Mohamad; Acting President of the GA, Your Excellency Ambassador Monteiro Lima; Chair of COI, President of UNCA, Mr Pioli; Ms Alfsen of UNESCO, Excellencies, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here for our annual observance of World Press Freedom Day. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration…

Read more about the article Appeal to UN General Assembly
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Appeal to UN General Assembly

This is an open appeal to the UN General Assembly from a senior world citizen in the largest democracy. "I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do — act from love!" Dr. Patch Adams (born 28 May 1945). First of all, it is not my cup of tea to advise or admonish the UN General…

Read more about the article Can UN Internal Justice Engender Growth of Moral Values?
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Can UN Internal Justice Engender Growth of Moral Values?

Inspired by Adam Smith, 1723-1790, Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations. “If the judiciary goes down in the estimation of people, it will be the end of democracy.” Indian Advocate General Habibullah Badsha. While doing the analysis of UNDT decisions, judgments and orders, July-December 2009, it struck me with a question whether the reform efforts will finally help determine the growth of values and quality of life within the confines of the UN. If this happens positively then there should be reason to anticipate an enhanced effectiveness of…

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Rule of Law – Rule of Dharma

“Towards a just, secure and peaceful world governed by the rule of law” is the theme of a new UN website: UN Rule of Law. The theme of the World Economic Forum, Davos 27-31 January 2010, is “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild” (with trust). What the Davos theme tells the world is that much of what is needed for a well-balanced well-ordered society (of which the corporate world is but a part) has broken, and that there has been a deficit and erosion of “trust”.…

Read more about the article Alchemy of Change and Courage
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Alchemy of Change and Courage

"Become yourself the change that you want to see in others and in the world." Mahatma Gandhi. Having reviewed the judgements/decisions of the newly established UN Disputes Tribunal (July-Dec 2009) and having analysed the fundamentals of UN reform in three broad sectors – operations/administration; human resources/human assets management; and the area of geo-politics, I would probably suppose what the next logical step should be to think deeply how this whole change/transformation exercise can finally unfold. The UN reform itself has been a hot topic for many years of discussions, deliberations,…

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UN Reform – Unleashing Human Potential

The UN Reform exercise has been the subject of global deliberations and debates for a long long time, but many in the public may not fully understand or be able to grasp or appreciate what has really been achieved thus far and how these have changed the way things are going to be! No one would disagree that the UN at its 60+ age needs to change and become mature enough to reflect the present day world. It cannot be allowed to suffer from chronic neurosis, of living in the…

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UN Happy Birthday

The United Nations is 64 years old today. Happy Birthday UN, or is it not so happy?! The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 States, today the UN has 192 member States; yet the UN Charter remains the same, the inexplicable veto powers of the Security Council remains the same, the internal workings of the organization remains the same heavily politicized and ceremonial, and the mode of operations in many of the UN organizations remains centralized, bureaucratic and outright dictatorial in many UN organizations. Please see…

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UN Reform Initiatives

The UN Reform became a key issue after Boutros Ghali assumed office as the 6th UN Secretary General, 1992-96.  In 1992, Boutros Ghali restructured the UN  Secretariat, consolidated many programs into the Department for Economic and Social Development and issued a major reform plan for Peace and Security; Agenda for Peace. In 1992-1996, a series of landmark international conferences took place under th auspices of the UN that set new policy standards, including: The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. View Link… The World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna,…