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

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, May10, 2005

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Reforming UN Management & Budget

Hyde Schedules Thursday Briefing & Hearing to Discuss Proposals with UNís Malloch Brown and Bertini


BACKGROUND:  In the wake of management failures and growing scandals, the United Nations finds itself under pressure by member governments to embrace a reform agenda. Viewed by many as increasingly irrelevant or worse, corrupt, the UN is staggering under the Oil-for-Food scandal, allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeeping forces in Congo and the inability or failure of the Security Council to halt the genocidal strife in the Darfur region of Sudan. In March, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan produced a reform blueprint, In Larger Freedom, that proposed a number of important and useful management changes as well as an expansion of UN programs. U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, is poised to unveil a reform proposal in early June that will be included in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which funds, in part, U.S. contributions to the UN. Prior to Thursdayís oversight hearing, the Committee will receive a public briefing from Mark Malloch Brown, the UNís powerful chief of staff.


WHAT:                             Full Committee Briefing and Hearing:  
                                          Reforming the United Nations: Budget and Management Perspective

                  U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman

WHEN:                             9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 19, 2005

WHERE:                          Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

BRIEFER:                       Mark Malloch Brown, Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, UN.

WITNESSES:                  Panel I:
                  Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D.
, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State;
                  Panel II:
                  Catherine Bertini
, Former Under Secretary-General for Management, United Nations, 2003-2005; and
                  Timothy E. Wirth,
President, UN Foundation.

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