Romania at the United Nations

Reform of the United Nations

Revitalization of the General Assembly

Revitalization of the General Assembly of UN (GA), on the UN agenda since 1991, has been debated within an Ad Hoc Working Group, open for all Member States. The debates were focused on the GA’s role and authority, as well as on the working methods, relations with other UN organs (especially the Security Council) and the process of selection of the Secretary General (SG).


Reform of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The aim of ECOSOC reform is to identify actions and means for making ECOSOC a proactive organ within economic and social domains.


Management Reform

The goal of this segment of reform is the more efficient use of economic and human resources means of the Organization, in order to follow the principles and to accomplish the specific means.  

1) Reform of the Secretariat

  • Reform of the Department of Political Affairs, through consolidation of preventive diplomacy and mediation functions of UN Secretariat.
  • Realigning the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) through establishing of a specialized department for logistical aspects of UN Missions for peacekeeping – Department for Support.


2) Mandate Review

In 2006, it was decided the establishment, for the first time in UN history, of a register listing all mandates older than five years. In December 2008, GA has adopted a series of resolutions on the budgetary and administrative aspects, including a 13 parts document on management reform, through which new contractual arrangements for temporary and permanent appointments have been approved, in force since 1st of July 2009.      


UN System-wide Coherence

The elevation of the coherence level in UN system has been one of major objectives within the reform process. 

In 2006, SG has established a High-level Panel with the task to explore the ways the UN system could become more coherent and efficient in following domains: development, humanitarian assistance and environment, taking into consideration the aspects on sustainable development, gender equality and human rights.The Panel has presented (at the end of 2006) the report “Delivering as one”, which stated proposals of elevation for UN system coherence, on central level as well as on operational level, in the field. The intergovernmental consultations, that followed, have tackled the following major themes: financing, governance and institutional reform, gender equality, as well as business practices, human rights, environment and humanitarian issues. In July 2008, the Report on the accomplishments in the domain was published, with the conclusion to continue the consultations among Member States. 

The 2012 Quadrennial comprehensive policy review  is the main policy instrument of the General Assembly responsible for defining the modalities of the United Nations development to support program countries in their development efforts.

The comprehensive examination evaluates the four strategic positioning, structure, field presence, funding and work modalities of the United Nations system in order to improve the coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and impact.