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Proposal for possible outsourcing in UN floated

The main aim is to create a "truly mobile international civil service" for the UN, said Annan's reform report.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 14:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has floated proposals to explore possible outsourcing in some operations of the UN and will seek approval from the 191 member states.

The main aim is to try and create a "truly mobile international civil service" for the United Nations, said Annan's reform report, expected to be released on Tuesday.

The management practices of the UN came under strong criticism during the recent oil-for-food scandal and revelations of widespread sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers shook one and all.

World leaders had approved a modest blueprint to revamp the United Nations in the last summit and Annan was asked to submit his proposals during the first quarter of 2006.

The proposals included a host of management reforms ranging from a new ethics office to eliminating old mandates for UN programme and new initiatives to make managers more accountable.

The US has been pushing strongly for a major management overhaul that would give the secretary-general more power and flexibility to run the world body.

But the 191-member General Assembly, dominated by developing countries, controls the UN's purse strings and is not expected to give up any power easily.

The talking points, obtained over the weekend, stressed the dramatic expansion of UN operations in a wide range of fields in the past decade, including a fourfold increase in UN peacekeeping budgets and deployments since 1998.

Annan's report will call for $280 million annually to provide better pay and benefits for people in the field, where the UN Secretariat is having difficulty recruiting and training staff, according to the document.

This would bring contracts and benefits "in line with the other field-based UN organisations," it said.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 14:35 IST