Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

UN Reform Hearing

Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, April 26, 2006
Improving UN Oversight, Procurement
Hyde Schedules Thursday Oversight Hearing with GAO;
Long-Awaited GAO Audit Reports to be Released

BACKGROUND: On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will make public long-awaited reports assessing UN procurement procedures and internal oversight controls. The reports are expected to be highly critical. Plagued by an avalanche of scandals that have swirled around UN management, the Oil-for-Food Program, procurement and UN peacekeeping operations worldwide, 150 world leaders gathered in New York in September, 2005 to approve a comprehensive reform proposal. Designed to address a host of issues including development goals, terrorism, peacekeeping, human rights, disarmament and nonproliferation, in addition to UN management and structures, the efforts have been denounced by some as an agreement which sank to the lowest common denominator needed for approval by the UN’s 191 member nations. That observation was reinforced by serious weaknesses in the structure of the new Human Rights Council which was approved last month by the U.N. General Assembly. Following the September reform summit Secretary-General Kofi Annan on March 7th issued his own reform recommendations report, Investing in the United Nations: for a Stronger Organization Worldwide. Spurred on by the UN's serious structural and management failures, U.S. Reps. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) and Tom Lantos (D-CA) announced their intention in March to craft a bipartisan initiative giving the Secretary of State the discretionary authority to withhold a portion of the U.S. dues to the UN if specific reform targets are not met by the UN.

WHAT: Full Committee Oversight Hearing: United Nations Reform: Improving Internal Oversight Within the UN
U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman
WHEN: 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2006
WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESS: The Honorable David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. Government Accountability Office.


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