Where can I find the reform proposals of Secretary-General António Guterres?
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2019     Views: 16196

Secretary-General Guterres has made proposals to reform the United Nations since beginning his term in January 2017.

Several themes for reform were set out in the Secretary-General's introduction to the annual report on the Work of the Organization (A/72/1, see also A/73/1).

Some key reports on specific topics have been issued:

  • Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse : a new approach (A/71/818Corr.1 + Add.1)
  • Capability of the United Nations system to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/71/858)
  • Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda : ensuring a better future for all (A/72/124 - E/2018/3)
  • Improvement in the status of women in the United Nations System (A/72/220 + Corr.1)
  • Overall policy matters pertaining to special political missions (A/72/357)
  • Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations : ensuring a better future for all (A/72/492)
    • Improving and streamlining the programme planning and budgeting process (A/72/492/Add.1
    • Implementing a new management architecture for improved effectiveness and strengthened accountability (A/72/492/Add.2)
  • Restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar (A/72/525 and A/72/772)
  • Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet (A/72/684-E/2018/7)
    • Has annex: United Nations system-wide strategic document
  • Status of implementation of the information and communications technology strategy for the United Nations (A/72/755/Rev.1)
  • Seventh progress report on the accountability system in the United Nations Secretariat: strengthening the accountability system of the Secretariat under the new management paradigm (A/72/773)
  • Global service delivery model for the United Nations Secretariat Report of the Secretary-General (A/72/801 + Add.1/Rev.1)
  • Implementation of General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, 2018 (A/73/63-E/2018/8)
  • Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations : comparative assessment of human resources structures (A/73/366)
  • Global human resources strategy 2019–2021: building a more effective, transparent and accountable United Nations (A/73/372)
  • Amendments to the Staff Regulations and Rules (A/73/378 + Add.1)
  • Global service delivery model for the United Nations Secretariat (A/73/706)
  • Proposed amendments to the Financial Regulations of the United Nations (A/73/717)
  • Improving the financial situation of the United Nations (A/73/809)

In addition to the proposals related to the programme budget in A/72/492/Add.1, the following reports on administrative and budgetary matters have been issued:

  • Proposed revisions to the Regulations and Rules Governing Programme Planning, the Programme Aspects of the Budget, the Monitoring of Implementation and the Methods of Evaluation (article VII and annex) (A/72/73/Rev.1)
  • Strategic capital review (A/72/393)
  • Limited budgetary discretion (A/72/497)

The following resolutions have been adopted related to these proposals:

  • A/RES/72/199: Restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar 
  • A/RES/72/236: Operational activities for development of the United Nations system
  • A/RES/72/266: Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations
  • A/RES/72/266B: Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations
  • A/RES/72/279: Repositioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system
  • A/RES/73/281: Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations

We will update this FAQ as more reports with reform proposals are issued.



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