The U.S. Mission’s Management and Reform (MR) Section serves as the U.S. delegate to the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee and other committees which have responsibility for administrative and budgetary matters. MR works diligently to enhance and strengthen the oversight capacity and functions of the United Nations and other oversight bodies within the UN system. MR coordinates the U.S. position on the United Nation’s multi-billion dollar budgets for the organization’s operations including special political missions and war crimes tribunals as well as peacekeeping operations. MR seeks to ensure United Nations programs and activities are efficient, effective and properly managed. In addition, MR, in cooperation with our Economic and Social Affairs Section, provides oversight of the voluntarily-funded UN Funds and Programs, including the UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA.
The U.S. Mission’s Legal Section provides counsel and service on all matters of an international legal character arising in the course of United States participation in the United Nations. Members of the Legal Section represent the United States in the UN Legal Committee of the General Assembly, the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies, and other UN bodies.
The U.S. Mission’s Military Staff Committee (MSC) holds two major responsibilities for the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations. First, the MSC represents the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the United Nations Military Staff Committee, a subsidiary body of the UN Security Council, composed of military representatives of the Permanent Five (P5) members of the Security Council. Second, the MSC advises the U.S. Permanent Representative and the staff of the United States Mission to the United Nations on military and security aspects of United Nations peacekeeping operations.
The United Nations MSC was established under the provisions of Chapter VII, Article 47 of the UN Charter. Subsequently, the U.S. Congress passed legislation (Title X, US Code) directing that the Joint Chiefs of Staff assume responsibility for U.S. representation on the UN MSC. The legislation provided that a permanent military delegation be established as part of the United States Mission to the United Nations to support this function. The Director for Plans and Policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J5) has oversight for the U.S. Delegation to the UN MSC and acts as the Pentagon’s primary interface with USUN.