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.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The President should: reaffirm the importance and priority accorded to U.S. participation in the UN family of organizations; charge the Secretary of State with the responsibility for formulating and directing U.S. policy for participation in these agencies; and establish a cabinet-level advisory committee to assist the Secretary of State in carrying out these responsibilities. The State Department and U.S. missions to international organizations should establish an order of priority for all restructuring, programing, and budget issues and problem areas that have been identified.

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