Un Reform from the Grassroots
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The UN budget compromise

Last week’s budget compromise in the UN General Assembly seems to be a satisfactory, albeit interim, measure to ensure funding for the Secretariat for the first half of 2006 without perpetuating the status quo. Maintaining momentum for meaningful management reform is critical, so it is helpful that member states will have to readdress these issues in a few months’ time.

Given that the Secretary-General has ordered a sweeping review of many UN entities’ and programmes’ mandates, it is quite sensible that a spending cap has been imposed in lieu of a two-year, status quo budget. Hopefully, negotiations on management reform will resume in early 2006 with less of the North-South divide that seems to be characterizing much of the debate of late.