U.S. Participation in International Organizations

ID-77-36: Published: Jun 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1977.

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While the United States has unquestionable monetary and political interests in the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations, in recent years many members of Congress and the public have questioned the effectiveness of such organizations.

Studies of the management of U.S. participation in several international organizations reveal continuing problems: (1) inadequate staffing and constant rotation of personnel in the State Department's Bureau of International Organizations; (2) a need for policy objectives and priorities to support U.S. participation in international organizations; and (3) the United States, as a member government, does not receive timely and sufficient information on international organization activities. Management problems within the organizations also restrict U.S. participation. The UN system needs restructuring, with emphasis on centralized planning, programming, budgeting, and resource allocation. Improved evaluation is also needed in the UN system.

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