6 October 2008
Statement By Mr. Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Sixth Committee
On Administration of Justice at the United Nations
(Agenda Item 129)
New York, 6 October 2008
In the name of God, the beneficent, the merciful
At the outset, my delegation would like to express its heartiest congratulations for your election as the Chair of the Sixth Committee. We are sure that under your able leadership, the Committee will achieve successful results. Our congratulation goes to other members of the bureau, as well.
My delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by the distinguished representative of Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of the Group 77 and China.
For more than four decades, attempts had been made to improve the current system of administration of justice at the United Nations, but to no avail. Now, thanks to the determination of member States and the Secretariat, we are at the verge of creating an independent, professional transparent and efficient system of internal justice to replace the current one which is plagued by incompetence and ineffectiveness. The Redesign Panel, in its report (A/61/205) asserted, quite rightly, that the present system was too outmoded, dysfunctional and broken and, therefore, recommended its complete overhaul. This recommendation was subsequently endorsed by the Secretary General and the general membership, and every attempt has been done during the past year to finalize the structure of the new internal justice system, particularly the Statutes of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal and the United Nations Appeal Tribunal. We hope that the committee will be able to finalize the drafting of the Statutes as soon as possible as well as decide on other pending issues relating to the informal system so that the new system will become operational in 2009.
There cannot be any true delegation of authority without clearly defined accountability and responsibility of the officials to whom authority is delegated. Establishing an independent, professional, transparent and expeditious system of administration of justice at the United Nations is an essential prerequisite for overall effective functioning of the Organization.
Likewise, no meaningful reform of the United Nations can be envisaged without setting up an efficient, fair, transparent and workable system of internal justice to protect the rights of all staff members, on the one hand, and hold them and the managers accountable and responsible for their decisions and actions, on the other. Ensuring accountability of employees and managers, promoting confidence in the justice system, and enhancing mutual trust and confidence among UN staff members and managers will certainly contribute to the strengthening of the role of the Organization and its effective functioning.
The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes the necessity of expeditious finalization of the long-awaited redesigned in-house justice system, and welcomes the progress achieved so far. We hope that the reform of UN internal justice system would pave the way for further reform of the Organization and its overall productivity. Efficient Administration of Justice at the United Nations is an integral part of an effective human resources management system and cannot be divorced from any process of reform of the system.
Thank you Mr. Chairman.