By Linda Fasulo
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Most of them work in the New York City headquarters, but the Secretariat has other o≈ces in Geneva, Vienna, and Nairobi. In keeping with the letter and spirit of the Charter, which aimed to create an international civil service, member states agree not to exert improper inﬂuence on the Secretariat’s sta√, and the sta√, in turn, take an oath that they will be responsible solely to the United Nations and will not seek or take directions from any other authority. Some insiders rate the sta√ ’s quality as mixed, with a few outstanding people, many good ones, and quite a few careerists who simply put in a day’s work.
Now it meets almost every day. ’’ Table 1 shows that the number of annual meetings has tripled since 1988, from 55 to 167, while the number of resolutions adopted has risen two and a half times, from 20 to 50. The Need for Leadership Although the council has a small membership compared with the General Assembly, and tries to operate by consensus, it works most e≈ciently and e√ectively when one of the P5 exercises leadership. Absent decisive guidance, it may dither and ﬂounder, as it often did with Iraq during the late 1990s.
For these countries, their permanent membership really matters to their international identity precisely because their role in the world has shrunk. ’’ The larger countries are usually more active on the council than the smaller ones because they have the sta√ time needed to keep up with the constantly increasing load. Recalls Richard Holbrooke, ‘‘Tom Pickering told me that when he was ambassador, the Security Council met two or three times a month. Now it meets almost every day. ’’ Table 1 shows that the number of annual meetings has tripled since 1988, from 55 to 167, while the number of resolutions adopted has risen two and a half times, from 20 to 50.
An Insider's Guide to the UN by Linda Fasulo