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date: 17 November 2019

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The author uses his experience as a senior international civil servant to conduct an analysis of staff members who are recruited to constitute what is referred to as the ‘second UN’. This article discusses the critical importance of independent and competent staff, as well as the efforts that were championed by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. It points out that politicians often blame government bureaucracies for failures and inadequacies. Diplomats are shown to have a convenient scapegoat and can point a finger at the UN bureaucracy instead of a lack of political will. This article also presents the author's view of the restoration and reinvigoration of the international civil service as the sine qua non of a strengthened United Nations in the new millennium.

Keywords: Dag Hammarskjöld, government bureaucracy, diplomats, scapegoat, political will, international civil service, second UN

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