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06USUNNEWYORK599 2006-03-24 22:32:00 UNCLASSIFIED USUN New York
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UN REFORM: AMBASSADOR BOLTON MEETS WITH JAPAN'S

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC KUNR UNGA
SUBJECT: UN REFORM: AMBASSADOR BOLTON MEETS WITH JAPAN'S
SPECIAL AMBASSADOR FOR UN REFORM

REF: A. USUN 442

B. USUN 461 USUN 481

C. USUN 527

D. USUN 561



1. SUMMARY: Ambassador Bolton met with Ambassador Takasu,
GOJ Special Ambassador for UN Reform, on March 23 to review
the state-of-play on UN reform. Ambassador Takasu said the
management reform report (A/60/692) is problematic because it
will cost several hundred million dollars to implement its
major proposals. He said the immediate focus should be on
the mandate review process (the report is scheduled to be
introduced in GA Plenary on March 30) since it may be
possible to reach some significant agreements by June, when
the $950 million spending authority is expected to run out.
Ambassador Takasu remarked that if we did not achieve
significant results on the mandate review list we have
jointly agreed on (circulated during the meeting) by June 30,
the GOJ will not agree to lifting the UN budget spending cap.
Ambassador Bolton said the members of JUSCANZ (Japan, U.S.,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and others should agree on
which issues can be implemented under the Secretary-General's
own authority and ask him to take action on them by June 30.
Ambassador Bolton told Takasu that the U.S. would keep the
Palestinian mandates on its list for early action. While not
ruling out using savings for new management reform
initiatives, Amb. Bolton said the U.S. would not agree that
all savings would be automatically used for such purposes,
noting that some of the savings must be given back to the
taxpayer. He reiterated the U.S. position that there must be
visible progress on UN reform as well as an agreed roadmap to
continue the process by June 30 END SUMMARY.



2. Ambassador Bolton met with Ambassador Takasu, the GOJ's
Special Ambassador for UN Reform, on March 23. Ambassador
Ozawa and other members of Japan's UN Mission attended, as
well as Ambassador Wolff and other mission and department
officers. Ambassador Takasu suggested that while Japan and
the U.S. should enthusiastically react to the management
reform report, our strategy should be to concentrate on the
mandate review process (the report is scheduled to be
introduced in GA Plenary on March 30). He said that the
management reform report presented problems for Japan,
particularly since implementation of several of its major
proposals would cost several hundred million dollars.
Notwithstanding these reservations, Ambassador Takasu said
that the management reform initiatives would be considered
seriously. He circulated the following list of Japan's 5
priorities for management reform action, but said that he
would "not cry" if none of them were implemented by this
June.

-- redeployment of staff and resources to meet new
requirements;
-- staff mobility (proposal 2);
-- outsourcing (proposals 11-12);
-- procurement reform (proposals 13-15); and
-- improvement in program planning, including termination of
the Committee for Program and Coordination (CPC) (proposals
18 and 21).



3. Ambassador Takasu said he expected substantive
negotiations on mandate review to start at the end of April
and that it might be possible to reach some significant
agreements by the June 30 budget deadline. He circulated the
following list of 20 items, agreed to by Japan and the U.S.,
that should be pursued for early decision. Takasu said the
Security Council should begin reviewing mandates immediately
upon issuance of the mandate review report without GA
involvement.

-- SC MANDATES

UN Political Office in Somalia
UN Office in Guinea-Bissau
UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
Office of the Special Represenative of the SYG in the Great
Lakes Regios of Africa

-- GA Mandates
Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions on Central
Africa
Ad Hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean
Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the
Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
Special Committee on the Charter of the UN and on the
Strengthening of the Role of the
Organization
Group of Governmental Experts Meetings on Disarmament
Regular program of technical cooperation
Subvention to UNITAR, INSTRAW, UNIDIR


Follow up to Durban Declaration on Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia, etc.
Committee on Information
Mandate Authorizing payment of premium subsistence allowances
Committee on Program and Coordination

-- GA/ECOSOC MANDATES
Committee of Experts on Public Administration
UNCTAD
DESA
Regional Commissions
Working Group on Indigenous Populations



4. Ambassador Bolton said the members of JUSCANZ (Japan,
U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and others should
agree on which issues can be implemented under the
Secretary-General's own authority and ask him to take action

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on them by June 30. He also said the U.S. would not exclude
the Palestinian mandates from early consideration, adding
that it was also important that the U.S. Congress see that
savings have been achieved. Ambassador Bolton did not rule
out using savings for new management reform initiatives but
did not agree that all savings would automatically be used
for such purposes. Ambassador Takasu cautioned that the
mandate review exercise should not be perceived as a
budget-cutting exercise. While he did not agree with
"compartmentalizing" (or "enveloping") - using savings
derived from the elimination of mandates to automatically
fund activities in the same thematic area (e.g., development)
- he said we should signal that any such savings would be
used for other UN activities. He also said we should somehow
"build confidence" on development. He also noted that
Canada, Australia and New Zealand believed that savings
should go into an account for future expenditures.



5. In testimony next week, Amb. Bolton said he would tell
the House International Affairs Committee that he anticipated
early savings from the UN reform process. Two other critical
achievements by June would be to implement significant
management reforms and to agree on a roadmap to continue the
reform process. Ambassador Takasu remarked that if we did
not achieve significant results on the mutually agreed list
of mandates by June 30, the GOJ would not agree to lift the
UN budget spending cap.
BOLTON