Accountability and the United Nations System

Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-Centre
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 8, 2007
    TITLE:
    Accountability and the United Nations System
    AUTHORS:
    by Michael Fowler & Sumihiro Kuyama
    PUB DATE:
    2007•12•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3047-7
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2007

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    The term accountability has come to be used increasingly these days at the United Nations as a key word in the Secretary- General reports, General Assembly resolutions, etc. However, accountability is by nature a “fuzzy” word and views are divergent on the concept, depending upon academic discipline. It appears to be a political reality within the United Nations that there may exist a certain mistrust between Member States over perceptions of accountability, the lack thereof, and ensuing policy implications and consequences.