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Published:April 9th, 2008 05:16 EST
UN Member States pressed to support strengthening measures

UN Member States pressed to support strengthening measures

By SOP newswire

New York, NY-- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Member States to support the strengthening of the United Nations to make it more effective and efficient, particularly in the areas of procurement, accountability and human resources, as the General Assembly today begins a two-day debate on what he considers one of his top priorities.

The Assembly has discussed and agreed to a number of reform initiatives over the past 10 years, including the establishment of the Ethics Office and the post of Chief Information Technology Office.

In addition, the 192-member body has upgraded accounting standards, strengthened procurement practices, and helped set up a new system to administer justice in the Secretariat.

However, as Assembly President Srgjan Kerim pointed out prior to today's discussion, "much still needs to be done. We need to advance further on human resources, procurement, information and communication technology, accountability and oversight to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Organization."