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.