Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. Part 5, Institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. Chapter 1, Strengthening and restructuring of the United Nations system
In 2004, the implementation of the Secretary-General's reform proposals to further improve the work of the Organization was largely completed. Notable achievements included the alignment of the Organization's activities with the priorities agreed upon at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and at the global conferences of the 1990s, a major reorganization of two large Departments— the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management and the Department of Public Information—as well as reforms at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Regarding planning and budgeting, a two-year strategic framework replaced the four-year medium-term plan, with good results. The processes for programme planning and resource allocation became better aligned, and the intergovernmental review process, streamlined. In June, a 12-member panel of eminent persons established by the Secretary-General to review the relationship between the United Nations and civil society within the context of UN reform made recommendations for enhancing the Organization's capacity to engage relevant actors in tackling global problems. In December, the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, appointed in 2003 to evaluate how the UN addressed current threats, also recommended measures to strengthen the Organization, including the establishment of an additional Deputy Secretary-General position to assist the Secretary-General. The Assembly decided to convene in 2005 a high-level plenary meeting to undertake a comprehensive review of progress made in fulfilling the commitments contained in the Millennium Declaration. It also adopted a text regarding further measures to revitalize its own work. It urged the Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters Related to the Security Council to make progress in considering all issues relevant to the question. While stressing the importance of the evaluation work of the Office of Internal Oversight Services, the Assembly decided to review at its sixty-fourth (2009) session the functions and reporting procedures of that Office.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. v. 58; Vol. 58
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