New York, 15 June 2005 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-Generalon the release of the US Institute for Peace Task Force reportThe Secretary-General welcomes the release of the final report the US Institute for Peace task force on UN Reform and its conclusion that the United States has much to gain from a strong and effective United Nations. He supports many of the recommendations and believes that the task-force's strong commitment to working with other member-states and the UN staff is the best basis on which to pursue and achieve lasting reform. The Secretary-General particularly appreciates the fact that the report recognizes the ongoing hard work within the Secretariat to tackle internal management reform and is encouraged that it supports and endorses many of his own key initiatives and proposals for wider institutional reform, including the creation of a Peacebuilding Commission, strengthening the Office of Internal Oversight Services and other accountability mechanisms, and revitalizing the UN's human rights machinery . The Secretary-General also welcomes the report's focus on addressing the crisis in Darfur as a crucial test for both member states and the United Nations.
Statements on 15 June 2005