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:
Financial Disclosure — Ban submitted financial disclosure form and released
his mandatory personal
encouraged other U.N. staff to follow his example of public financial
Staff Mobility — Ban Secretariat positions to
announced the availability be filled by internal U.N.
encouraged other managers to do the same, noting the importance of
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.
peacekeeping restructuring, see CRS Report RL33700, United Nations Peacekeeping: Issues
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.