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Secretariat

James O. C. Jonah

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560103.003.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Secretariat

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The author uses his experience as a senior international civil servant to conduct an analysis of staff members who are recruited to constitute what is referred to as the ‘second UN’. This article discusses the critical importance of independent and competent staff, as well as the efforts that were championed by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. It points out that politicians often blame government bureaucracies for failures and inadequacies. Diplomats are shown to have a convenient scapegoat and can point a finger at the UN bureaucracy instead of a lack of political will. This article also presents the author's view of the restoration and reinvigoration of the international civil service as the sine qua non of a strengthened United Nations in the new millennium.

Keywords: Dag Hammarskjöld; government bureaucracy; diplomats; scapegoat; political will; international civil service; second UN

Article.  6649 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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