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functions, budgetary discipline and full financial implications.”39 The General Assembly supported Ban’s proposal in principle. In late June 2007, the Assembly approved the restructuring, establishing the Department of Field Support with a new Under-Secretary-General to head the Department.40 A significant point of contention among some member states during negotiations was the level of autonomy the Secretary-General would have to organize the Secretariat vis-á-vis the Assembly’s authority to determine the budget and how it should be spent. Thus, in its initial framework resolution the General Assembly required the Secretary-General to provide comprehensive information on the functions, budgets, and other financial implications of the reorganization.

Other Reform Initiatives. Secretary-General Ban has raised other aspects of U.N. reform, including:

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Financial Disclosure — Ban submitted financial disclosure form and released

his mandatory personal

it

to

the

public.

He

encouraged other U.N. staff to follow his example of public financial

disclosure,

but

will

not

make

it

a

requirement.41

!

Staff Mobility — Ban Secretariat positions to

announced the availability be filled by internal U.N.

of several

staff.

He

encouraged other managers to do the same, noting the importance of

staff

mobility

among

U.N.

agencies

and

departments.

!

Security Council Reform — Ban calls Security Council reform “an important and sensitive issue.”42 He supports enlarging the Council, and has stated he will use his position as Secretary-General to facilitate cooperation among member states in order to build a broad consensus for Security Council enhancement.

39

U.N.

document,

A/RES/61/256,

March

15,

2007.

For

more

information

on

the

peacekeeping restructuring, see CRS Report RL33700, United Nations Peacekeeping: Issues

for

Congress,

by

Marjorie

Ann

Browne.

40 The framework resolution, A/RES/61/256 was adopted March 15, 2007 and the Assembly adopted A/RES/61/279 on June 29, 2007.

41 Secretary-General Ban has repeatedly stressed the importance of financial disclosure, stating on his website that public disclosure is “an important voluntary initiative,” that “demonstrates that U.N. staff members understand the importance of the general public and U.N. Member States being assured that... staff members will not be influenced by any consideration associated with his/her private interests.” The U.N. Secretariat maintains a public list of financial disclosures by senior U.N. officials, which is available at [http://www0.un.org/sg/PublicDisclosure.shtml].

42 U.N. press release, SG/2120, Transcript of Press Conference by Secretary-General- Designate Ban Ki-moon, December 14, 2006.

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