Accountability and the United Nations System
Kuyama, Sumihiro and Fowler, Michael (2007). Accountability and the United Nations System. United Nations University Press.
Author Kuyama, Sumihiro
Title Accountability and the United Nations System Volume/Issue No. 8 Publication Date 2007-12-27 Place of Publication Tokyo Publisher United Nations University Press Pages 7 Language eng Abstract The term accountability has come to be used increasingly these days at the United Nations as a key word in the Secretary- General reports, General Assembly resolutions, etc. However, accountability is by nature a “fuzzy” word and views are divergent on the concept, depending upon academic discipline. It appears to be a political reality within the United Nations that there may exist a certain mistrust between Member States over perceptions of accountability, the lack thereof, and ensuing policy implications and consequences. With that background in mind, this policy brief fi rst discusses conceptual matters, including the defi nition of accountability, the question of who bears accountability for what and to whom, and managerial accountability as well as political account- ability in the context of the United Nations. This is followed by a presen- tation of a normative framework for strengthening UN accountability, with the hope that it infl uences the endeavours of practitioners and academics, alike, in respect to making the United Nations more accountable in the role of effective and effi cient global governance. Copyright Holder United Nations University Copyright Year 2007 Copyright type Creative commons ISSN 1814802 ISBN 9789280830
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