during his tenure.33 Ban has indicated that his overall reform priorities will include consolidation and better coordination in the U.N. system, improving morale, accountability, and professionalism for U.N. staff, and restoring trust in the United Nations.34
Proposed Disarmament February 2007, Ban introduced his
and Peacekeeping Restructuring. first set of reform initiatives. He proposed
establishment of a new Department of Field Support to improve the coordination and effectiveness of U.N. field activities. He also called for the Department of Disarmament Affairs (DDA) to become an office under the Secretary-General instead of a stand-alone department. He noted that the U.N. disarmament and non- proliferation agenda needs revitalization, and will require “a greater role and personal involvement of the Secretary-General.”35 Ban’s proposals were met with skepticism bymanydeveloping countries, which were concerned with the possible downgrading
of DDA and the impact peacekeeping operations. 36
On March 15, 2007, after extensive consultations among the Secretary-General and member states, the General Assembly approved two framework resolutions offering preliminary support for Ban’s proposals. The first resolution supported establishment of an Office of Disarmament Affairs (ODA). It stated that DDA will retain its budgetary autonomy and “the integrity of the existing structures and
appointed at the rank of
stated that the High-Representative for ODA should be Under-Secretary-General and report directlyto the Secretary-
Secretary-General report to and budgetary implications
the General Assembly of the reorganization,
the financial, administrative, well as report on the ODA’s
activities at the 62nd session of the General Secretary-General appointed Sergio Duarte, a Representative.
Assembly.38 On July 2, 2007, the career diplomat from Brazil, as High
The second General Assembly resolution addressed peacekeeping restructuring and supported establishing a Department of Field Support to be headed by an Under- Secretary General. It requested that the Secretary-General submit “a comprehensive report ... elaborating on the restructuring of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the establishment of the Department of Field Support, including
33 “U.N. Security Council Reformis Most Pressing Issue — New Secretary-General,” ITAR- TASS Russian News Agency, November 1, 2006.
34 U.N. press release, SG/2119, GA/10558, Speech of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Taking Oath of Office, December 14, 2006.
35 For detailed information on Ban’s restructuring proposals, see U.N. document, A/61/749, February 15 2007.
36 Farley, Maggie, “Ban’s U.N. Peacekeeping Reforms Rejected,” Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2007.
N. document, A/61/L.55, March 13, 2007.
N. document, A/RES/61/257.