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The John W. Holmes Lecture: Reinvigorating the International Civil Service

The John W. Holmes Lecture: Reinvigorating the International Civil Service Global Governance 16 (2010), 39–57 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The John W. Holmes Lecture: Reinvigorating the International Civil Service Thomas G. Weiss “PEOPLE MATTER” IS A CENTRAL CONCLUSION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS Intellectual History Project and the penultimate sentence of the first of seven- teen published volumes. Yet critical contributions by individuals who work at the world organization are usually overlooked or downplayed by analysts who stress the politics of 192 member states and the supposedly ironclad con- straints placed by them on international secretariats. However, I have devoted considerable professional energy to international administration, both as an analyst and as a civil servant. My proposition is straightforward: the United Nations should rediscover the idealistic roots of the international civil service, make room for creative idea-mongers, and mark out career development paths for a twenty-first century secretariat with greater turnover and younger and more mobile staff. This essay explores the origins of the concept, problems, the logic of reform, and specific improvements. Examples come from the UN’s three main areas of activity—peace and security, human rights, and sus- tainable development. Overwhelming Bureaucracy and Underwhelming Leadership: The “Second UN” If the conceptual UN is unitary, the real organization consists of three linked http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The John W. Holmes Lecture: Reinvigorating the International Civil Service

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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Global Governance 16 (2010), 39–57 GLOBAL INSIGHTS The John W. Holmes Lecture: Reinvigorating the International Civil Service Thomas G. Weiss “PEOPLE MATTER” IS A CENTRAL CONCLUSION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS Intellectual History Project and the penultimate sentence of the first of seven- teen published volumes. Yet critical contributions by individuals who work at the world organization are usually overlooked or downplayed by analysts who stress the politics of 192 member states and the supposedly ironclad con- straints placed by them on international secretariats. However, I have devoted considerable professional energy to international administration, both as an analyst and as a civil servant. My proposition is straightforward: the United Nations should rediscover the idealistic roots of the international civil service, make room for creative idea-mongers, and mark out career development paths for a twenty-first century secretariat with greater turnover and younger and more mobile staff. This essay explores the origins of the concept, problems, the logic of reform, and specific improvements. Examples come from the UN’s three main areas of activity—peace and security, human rights, and sus- tainable development. Overwhelming Bureaucracy and Underwhelming Leadership: The “Second UN” If the conceptual UN is unitary, the real organization consists of three linked

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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