Remarks by Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, U.S. Representative to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform, at the Opening of the Committee for Program and Coordination

Ambassador Joseph M Torsella
U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
June 3, 2013


Good morning and thank you, Mr. Chairman.

As you know, the United States rejoined the Committee for Program and Coordination after being elected by the General Assembly in early May after a seven year hiatus. One of the reasons we sought to rejoin the CPC is because we share with other Member States the concerns expressed repeatedly in General Assembly resolutions about the need for more effective implementation of results-based management. We believe that the CPC indeed has a critical role to play toward this end because it is the first Member State body to review the Secretary-General’s proposed strategic framework, which Resolution 58/269 provides shall “constitute the principal policy directive of the United Nations and . . . serve as the basis for programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.”

We would like to see the CPC turn a critical eye to the format and substance of the strategic framework document and insist on relevant and measureable expected accomplishments and indicators of achievement from the Secretariat so that Member States are able to make informed decisions on programs and priorities based on improved measurements. We hope that our colleagues will take advantage of the CPC’s strategic role in the UN programming and budgeting process for improving the effectiveness and focus of the organization’s activities as well as holding the Secretariat properly accountable for achieving expected results.

However, we will not participate at this session due to the fact that in the regional rotation of leadership posts that is the custom in this committee as in many others, Iran has been nominated as the candidate for the Chair of the CPC.

Allowing Iran—a country that is in flagrant violation of its obligations under multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and that expresses flagrant disregard for international terrorism, human rights, and disarmament—to Chair this Committee diminishes the standing and effectiveness of this institution.

Countries that are under Chapter VII sanctions for not meeting their international obligations with regard to their nuclear program should not hold formal or ceremonial positions in UN bodies.

We remain committed to the work of the CPC and look forward to working with our colleagues in the future to ensure that it is able to responsibly meet its mandated duties.

Thank you.


PRN: 2013/088