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Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 5, Institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. Chapter 4, Institutional and administrative matters
In 2001, the United Nations addressed a number of institutional and administrative matters to ensure its efficient functioning. The General Assembly commenced its fifty-sixth session on 12 September. Earlier in the year, the Assembly resumed its fifty-fifth session, convened its twenty-fifth (6-9 June) and twenty-sixth (25-27 June) special sessions and resumed its tenth emergency special session. The Assembly granted observer status to the International Development Law Institute, the International Hydrographic Organization and the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States. It also adopted a number of measures to improve its efficiency. During the year, the Security Council held 192 formal meetings to deal with regional conflicts, peacekeeping operations and a wide variety of other issues related to the maintenance of international peace and security. The Assembly again examined the question of expanding the Council's membership. The Economic and Social Council held its 2001 organizational session in New York in January and a resumed organizational session in March, May and June. It also held a special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions in May, its substantive session in Geneva in July and a resumed substantive session in New York in October and December. The Council agreed to change the name of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) to the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The work of UN bodies concerned with administrative and coordination matters, including ACC, the Committee for Programme and Coordination and the Joint Inspection Unit, was also reviewed. ACC continued to give high priority to security issues, adopting a new cost-sharing formula for security-related matters at Headquarters and in the field. The Committee on Conferences examined requests for changes to the calendar of conferences and meetings for 2001, and again recommended measures to improve the use of conference servicing resources. The Committee welcomed the establishment of permanent interpretation services at the United Nations Office at Nairobi and was pleased that its conference-servicing facility was becoming organizationally, functionally and budgetarily an integral part of the UN Department of General Assembly Affairs and Conference Services. The Committee commended the re-engineering of the Official Document System that was made available to UN staff and the permanent missions to the United Nations, but expressed serious concern about the growing disparities on the UN web site between English and the other official languages of the Organization. Other issues addressed included the promotion of information technology, the further development and streamlining of common services, especially at the United Nations Office at Geneva, the use of private management consulting firms, measures to enhance the profitability of UN commercial activities and questions relating to the construction, management and maintenance of UN buildings and facilities.
UN. Economic and Social Council - UN System - UN. General Assembly - UN. Security Council - UN. Committee on Conferences - COORDINATION WITHIN UN SYSTEM - INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS - REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - BUILDINGS MANAGEMENT - OBSERVER STATUS - SPECIALIZED AGENCIES
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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