Financing International Organization: The United Nations by J.David Singer

By J.David Singer

This can be one these infrequent prefaces within which the writer don't need to try and justify, or make an apology for, the addition of one other e-book to an already over­ stressed box. there's definitely no plethora of great reviews on inter­ nationwide association often, and nearly none facing the executive elements of such association. extra accurately, the writer isn't really conscious of a unmarried complete therapy of the funds of any overseas political association, prior or current. through the years, many former Secretariat contributors of the League, the United countries, and their affiliated enterprises have come forth with both memoirs or common commentaries on their organisations. and often those works have incorporated revealing, yet short, passages facing budg­ etary questions, but none has handled those questions in any distinctive or thorough model. it really is unlucky that this can be so. no longer that the destiny of the area rides at the United countries funds, or that issues of peace and battle should be made up our minds via the funds and cents of the Secretary-General's estimates. but questions of actual significance to the various world's voters are determined within the budgetary fight. until eventually the coverage judgements of a few of the organs are translated into funds goods, there isn't any vacationing challenge to encourageTogoland's move towards eventual self-govern­ ment, no cease-fire observer within the heart East, no rehabilitation com­ undertaking in South Korea, and no public management consultant in San­ tiago.

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P. 54/Rev. 3, 27 September 1946, Preliminary Budget Estimates .... , Section E - Procedures, p. I04, 15 October 1946, Summary Record.... 86, 4 September 1946, Appointment qf External Auditors. LAYING THE GROUNDWORK 29 the process, assumptions had been clarified, earlier errors corrected, and additional details worked out. The United Nations now had an apparatus of men and procedures which, if it did not fully satisfy all who had helped in its development, at least offered the promise of regular procedure and financial integrity.

The July date might also produce prompter payments by those Members employing the July to June fiscal year at home, thus diminishing the burden on the Working Capital Fund. But since, with the exception of the United States, the largest contributors used a fiscal year other than one opening in July, a higher level of receipts would be delayed until even later in the year; some might 34 AUTHORIZATION OF PROGRAMS even be compelled to divide their contributors between two separate budgets. 1 When presented to the Advisory Committee for its comments, the latter body tended to question the advisability of any shift either in the Assembly convening date or in that of the fiscal year.

To the Advisory Group, Committee 6 had referred the questions of financial regulations, dates for the fiscal year, the problem of meeting emergency budgetary situations, and the matter of travel expenses for delegates, advisors, and committee and commission members. In its final report to the Committee, the Biddle group offered a set of financial regulations with the observation that "wide latitude in financial and budgetary matters should be given to the SecretaryGeneral during the organizational stage," and that the regulations provided no more than a "set of basic principles deemed essential to 1 2 PCfAB/61 , 21 December 1945, Summary Record....

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