The New Year ushers in ‘New United Nations’: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
Source :NewsBharati Date :08-Jan-2019
New York, Jan 8: The United Nations is making comprehensive reforms in organizational structure for the ‘2030 Agenda’. First time in the history, UN organizing with “Gender Parity” among senior management.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has made proposals to reforms in UN since the beginning of his term in January 2017.
UN is making changes in development, management and peace and security. On the 1st January, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued new, simplified and streamlined delegations of authority for more than 200 heads of UN entities. UN have created significant new capacities and functions in headquarters structure without increasing resources and without decreasing number of staffs.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “The goal of reform is a 21st-century United Nations focused more on people and less on the process, more on delivery and less on bureaucracy. The true test of reform will be measured in tangible results in the lives of the people we serve – and the trust of those who support our work."
The UN believed that the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ embodies essentiality of changes in UN structure. The UN is set up for essential changes in leadership, accountability mechanism and capacities of UN in development with the support of member countries for the achievement of sustainable development and Paris commitment of climate change.
In the development sector, UN working for the development system with the emergence of new generation of country teams and strategic UN development assistance framework with impartial, independent and empowered resident coordinators.
In the management sector, UN launched a new paradigm for the empowerment of managers and staffs, simplification of processes, increase in transparency and improvement in the delivery of the UN mandate. There are two new departments launched in UN management. The ‘Department of Management strategy, policy and compliance’ and ‘Department of Operational Support’. Both departments are set up with aim of more accountability and achievement of effective Programme and mandate delivery.
In the peace and security sector, UN working on reforms in prioritizing the prevention and sustaining peace, enhancement in effectiveness and making coherence in peacekeeping operations and special political missions. UN with these reforms in peace and security aimed towards single integrated peace and security pillar.
In the peace and security, UN launched new departments. The ‘Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)’ with aim of provision of strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and backstopping to all special political missions. The ‘Department of Peace Operations (DOP)’ is working on the development of political, security and integrated strategies leading integrated analysis and planning of peace operations and backstopping those operations.
The ground-breaking reform UN creating is “Gender Parity” among senior management. The strategy of Gender Parity aiming to create more diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced UN. This reform includes recommendations related to hiring and retention, special measures, addressing unconscious bias in recruitment and creating a conducive working environment.