UK to make UN funding contingent on reform
During a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) side event, UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced up to a third of UK funding to the UN starting 2018 will be dependent on the agencies' demonstrating improved results and progress toward the UK's desired reforms. The UK's reform priorities for a ‘21st Century UN’ include:
- Agencies will need to demonstrate effective collaboration, greater transparency, and accountability;
- Agencies will have to demonstrate that effective accountability and feedback mechanisms are in place during major emergency responses;
- More effective and efficient delivery of assistance - including greater use of cash transfers;
- Greater collaboration between the UN agencies, and between the UN and the private sector.
Patel also stated that the UN agencies must become fully transparent about any accusations made against their staff, contractors, and implementing partners. UN peacekeepers and civilian staff faced over 140 sexual exploitation and abuse allegations in 2017.