Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 14, 2005

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Challenges & Prospects for U.N. Reform
Hyde Schedules Tuesday Afternoon Hearing  with Testimony from Albright, Kirkpatrick & Holbrooke

BACKGROUND: In a February letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, announced that the Committee would include U.N. reform legislation as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which is expected to be considered later this year. Among proposals now under review are suggestions to initiate performance-based budgeting at the U.N.; biannual reauthorization of all U.N. programs; sunsetting and offsetting programs prior to the creation of new initiatives; elimination of duplicative programs; reform of membership rules for the Economic and Social Council, Commission on Human Rights, and the International Atomic Energy Agency; and a strengthening of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. On matters of accountability and procurement, the Hyde initiative may include language creating a fully independent Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS); creating an Ethics Board within the OIOS; requiring greater transparency in procurement and employment contracting; and creating an independent body to review and report on optimal human resource practices. Regarding peacekeeping functions, the Hyde initiative may include requirements for a code of conduct and training prior to and during deployment; creation of independent monitoring mechanisms; accountability for violators; and creation of a database to ensure that offenders are permanently barred from participation in future operations.

WHAT: Oversight Hearing: United Nations Reform: Challenges and Prospects
U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman
WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2005
WHERE: Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESSES: Madeleine K. Albright, Principal, The Albright Group, LLC; Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Richard C. Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC; and Richard S. Williamson, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, LLP

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