In various thematic areas of the UN, such
as peacekeeping, disarmament, human rights, and environment, the UN Secretariat
implements numerous programmes and activities to ensure the mandates and duties
entrusted by the Member States to bring tangible results in headquarters and
field missions around the globe. All activities of the UN including its
delivery of mandates require financial and human resources. It is thus both the
right and responsibility of Member States to ensure that the financial and
human resources of the UN, comprised of valuable contributions of the Member
States, are utilized effectively and efficiently through healthy management system.
The Republic of Korea, as the 11th largest contributor
to the UN regular budget, has been expanding its role in supervising and
overseeing of the UN’s administrative and budgetary issues. We believe that
adequate levels of human and financial resources should be allocated to the UN
to ensure smooth and effective delivery of mandates and duties. At the same
time, the Republic of Korea strives to make sure that the Secretariat uses
financial resources under strict budgetary discipline to further enhance efficiency,
effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the Organization.
The Republic of Korea has also played a crucial role in putting a
great emphasis on improving human resource management policies of the UN,
including the recruitment process, managed mobility, and performance
management. It also pays great attention to the UN management reform
initiatives, such as the enterprise resources management system(Umoja) and
restructuring of the administrative functions, for a more efficient and responsive
UN. Through this process, we believe that all UN staff can reach their full
potential and maximum competency as the world’s best civil service personnel.
As a way of enhancing our contribution to the international community as well
as promoting our national interests, the Republic of Korea actively
supports talented candidates to join the staff of the UN and its other related organs.
We believe that the UN should transform into a
more adaptive and agile organization in order to function as the leading global
forum to meet the myriad challenges of a fast-changing world, especially with
the growing uncertainty about the international economy. In this regard, the
Republic of Korea will continue to take part in discussions of long-term
issues, including reforming the Secretariat’s management structure and working culture,
to further raise its national status as one of the major contributing members of the UN system.