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The UN Secretariat: A Brief History

Thant Myint-U and Amy Scott
The UN Secretariat: A Brief History
ISBN: 978-0-937722-99-2
$16.95
2007/155 pages
Distributed for the International Peace Institute

"A concise, cogent and realistic account.... [It] should also help to dispel some widely accepted misconceptions of this complex and sometimes controversial subject."—Sir Brian Urquhart, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs

DESCRIPTION

Reform of the UN Secretariat has been a subject of debate for nearly as long as the UN has existed. Providing much-needed background for more informed discussions of the subject, this new book provides a concise history of the Secretariat—a little understood, but critically important part of the UN system.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thant Myint-U has served at the UN in three peacekeeping operations, in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Department of Political Affairs, and on the research staff of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (HLPOTCC). Amy Scott is an associate at the International Peace Institute.

CONTENTS

  • Foreword—Terje Rød-Larsen.
  • IMAGINING THE SECRETARIAT.
  • Trygve Lie.
  • Dag Hammarskjöld.
  • U Thant.
  • Kurt Waldheim.
  • Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
  • Kofi Annan.
  • SUMMARY OBSERVATIONS.
  • APPENDIXES.
  • The Secretariat in 2006.
  • UN Expenditures and Staffing.
  • Chapter XV of the UN Charter.
  • UN Reform Proposals since 1960.