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United Nations Management —An Oxymoron?

United Nations Management —An Oxymoron? Global Governance 22 (2016), 461–472 THE GLOBAL FORUM United Nations Management —An Oxymoron? Franz Baumann OUR FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND A FRIEND HAVE ORGANIZED SEVERAL bake sales to raise money for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). They trust that the $100 or so they take in each time will be put to good use, and I do not hesitate to reassure them. Unlike UNICEF, the UN Secretariat proper, headed by the Secretary-General, is financed only by assessed contributions from member states, and does not raise funds from teenagers. This is just as well since I could not give a similar assurance. Management problems at the Sec- retariat are stark and delivery is spotty, despite the good work of its often bril- liant, mostly dedicated, and sometimes heroic staff. Among the daunting challenges for Ban Ki-moon’s successor, who will assume office on 1 January 2017, will be rebuilding the decrepit Secretariat: not the building—that has been done —but what goes on inside. This essay, while not a comprehensive survey of management challenges, will recount some recent scandals that have tarnished the organization and explore if these are random occurrences or, rather, systemic pathologies. The red thread running through the essay is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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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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10.1163/19426720-02204002
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Global Governance 22 (2016), 461–472 THE GLOBAL FORUM United Nations Management —An Oxymoron? Franz Baumann OUR FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND A FRIEND HAVE ORGANIZED SEVERAL bake sales to raise money for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). They trust that the $100 or so they take in each time will be put to good use, and I do not hesitate to reassure them. Unlike UNICEF, the UN Secretariat proper, headed by the Secretary-General, is financed only by assessed contributions from member states, and does not raise funds from teenagers. This is just as well since I could not give a similar assurance. Management problems at the Sec- retariat are stark and delivery is spotty, despite the good work of its often bril- liant, mostly dedicated, and sometimes heroic staff. Among the daunting challenges for Ban Ki-moon’s successor, who will assume office on 1 January 2017, will be rebuilding the decrepit Secretariat: not the building—that has been done —but what goes on inside. This essay, while not a comprehensive survey of management challenges, will recount some recent scandals that have tarnished the organization and explore if these are random occurrences or, rather, systemic pathologies. The red thread running through the essay is

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2016

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