TOWARDS THE REFORMING OF CO-ORDINATION IN THE UN SYSTEM

Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2023     |     PP. 340-352      |     PDF (180 K)    |     Pub. Date: October 7, 2023
DOI: 10.54647/sociology841179    61 Downloads     26750 Views  

Author(s)

Igor Janev, Institute for Political Science in Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract
Within the conceptual framework of the "UN programme co-ordination" in the present article we analyzes approach to the problem of program(s) and budget co-ordination within the UN system. As a result of the study we have proposed a new model for co-ordination which has the potential of elimination of negative overlapping budgetary effects of the present mechanism of co-ordination in the system of the United Nations. This model is based on the idea of introducing a budgetary control mechanism into the UN inter-agency system by providing the UN General Assembly with a legal power to approve the regular (administrative) budgets of UN-related agencies (by amending paragraph 3, article 17 of the UN Charter).

Keywords
United Nations, Specialized agencies, UN Charter, co-ordination, budget(s), power.

Cite this paper
Igor Janev, TOWARDS THE REFORMING OF CO-ORDINATION IN THE UN SYSTEM , SCIREA Journal of Sociology. Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2023 | PP. 340-352. 10.54647/sociology841179

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[ 3 ] op. cit., supra note 2.
[ 4 ] JACKSON, R.G.A., supra note 1.
[ 5 ] See Charter of the United Nations.
[ 6 ] Id., art. 57 and art. 63.
[ 7 ] Id., art. 58.
[ 8 ] Id., art. 64, para 1.
[ 9 ] Id., art. 64, para 2.
[ 10 ] See UN doc. E/1567 (ECOSOC Official Records, Annex to 10th Session, Agenda Item 23, p. 15).
[ 11 ] See, e.g., Agreement between the UN and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or (as an example for inter-agency agreements) Agreement between Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Industrial Development Organization.
[ 12 ] See supra note 11.
[ 13 ] See, e.g., Memorandum of understanding with respect to working arrangements between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the IBRD and IDA; Agreement between the IFAD and FAO; Agreement between the FAO and UNIDO.
[ 14 ] JACKSON, R.G.A., supra note 1.
[ 15 ] See UN General Assembly Resolution 32/197 (1977).
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[ 18 ] See, e.g., UN General Assembly Resolution 45/236 (1990)
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[ 20 ] Id., sect. II.4, p. 10.
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[ 22 ] See By-Laws of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, sect. 18(b).
[ 23 ] Except in the case of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, the authorized body for budget approval is always the General Conference of the agency.
[ 24 ] See Agreement between the United Nations and International Monetary Fund, and Agreement between the United Nations and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
[ 25 ] In order to protect the interests of the members of financial agencies with largest quotas and avoid possible stalemates in the approval of their administrative budgets by the General Assembly (e.g., by actions of the majority of developing countries), an amendment in the agreements between the UN and these agencies may have to be introduced which limits the power of the General Assembly to alter the administrative budgets of these agencies, adopted by their authorized organs, by not more than a certain percentage. Such a safeguarding provision would not entail further revisions neither in the statutes of these organizations nor in the UN Charter.
[ 26 ] See Agreement between the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, art. IV.
[ 27 ] See Agreement between the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organization, art. 17.
[ 28 ] See Agreement between the United Nations and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (article XI), or Agreement between the United Nations and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (article 13).