Blair at Georgetown

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at Georgetown UniversityBlair’s speech at Georgetown reitereated the UK’s support for the management reforms proposed by Kofi Annan earlier this year, but which are opposed by most developing nations as encroaching on the General Assembly’s oversight role.  (Watch the speech here.)

“We should give the UNSG new powers:  over the appointments in the Secretariat – it is absurd they have to be voted on, one by one, in the General Assembly;  and over how the resources of the UN are spent.  We should streamline radically the humanitarian and development operations so that the UN can act effectively as one agency in country:  single UN offices, with one leader, one country plan and one budget. 

Blair also called for stronger use by the Secretary General of Article 99 of the UN Charter to address global problems:

“We should also strengthen the UNSG’s powers to propose action to the Security Council for the resolution of long-standing disputes; and encourage him in doing so.”


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