One of the cornerstones of the current reform is the delegation of authority and decentralization of decision-making. This experiment is not new, as something similar was tried in the 90’s. For staff who have been around long enough, they will recall that the results were far from ideal and in some cases quite disastrous. This time, we are told it will be different because there will be a clear framework of accountability and strong oversight mechanisms will be in place.
The FSU is in prime place to support these reforms in also overseeing the framework of accountability and oversight. As candidates for the FSU Executive, we welcome these initiatives and would like to see them succeed. We recognize however that there will be challenges ahead, and we intend to focus closely on the implementation of true accountability within the UN and in particular the UN Peacekeeping Operations.
The era of impunity must come to an end, and this “ticket” feels very strongly about ensuring that accountability and integrity become not merely words on paper, but the DNA of the Organization’s culture.