UN Performance Evaluation: Time to Re-Think?

In October 2019, the UN Secretary-General presented the UN’s first annual budget in over 45 years to the Committee of the General Assembly that has responsibilities for administrative matters. The programme budget for 2020 totalled $2.87 billion. To put this in perspective, this equates approximately to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Timor-Leste, or the GDP for the Seychelles and The Gambia combined.

The “Core” International Crimes

International criminal law (ICL) is a quite new and constantly developing branch of public international law, which deals with the criminal responsibility of individuals for the most serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws. ICL, identifying a certain number of “international crimes”, wants to expose perpetrators of such serious violations to personal criminal liability and provides for criminal sanctions that apply to all offenders.

Corrections Component in the (Re)-Establishment of the Rule of Law

233 Government Provided Corrections Personnel (GPP), on loan from approximately 28 Member States, are deployed today in eight different peace operations. These men and women have the opportunity of a lifetime - to contribute to public safety as well as the protection of the rights and dignity of prisoners, who become a particularly vulnerable group in conflict- and post-conflict contexts. However, are these commendable aspirations and strong motivation adequately complemented by the required knowledge and skills?