ERIC Number: ED179477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-14
Reference Count: N/A
UNESCO Programing and Budgeting Need Greater U.S. Attention. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The participation of the United States in the programing and budgeting process of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) is reported. The document is presented in four chapters. Chapter I, the introduction, traces the growth of the United Nations system, UNESCO background, U.S. representation to UNESCO, and efforts to improve the effectiveness of U.S. participation. Chapter II examines U.S. participation in UNESCO relative to policy objectives, priorities, and effectiveness of representation. Chapters III and IV describe UNESCO program planning and budgeting and the role of the United States in that process. Conclusions concerning U.S. participation in UNESCO are that procedures for establishing current explicit statements of U.S. program objectives are inadequate; development of a new policy analysis process is lagging; performance of some U.S. representatives at UNESCO forums is reduced because of inadequate preparation time and inexperience; and domestic agencies and professional constituencies concerned with UNESCO are not involved early or deeply enough. Concerning the UNESCO program and budget, the report concludes that the usefulness of the goal/cost approach was diminished because the plan addressed only direct program costs, descriptions of program objectives were vague, and opportunities for effective input from member governments were limited and had little or no effect on the final documents. Recommendations are for the United States to participate earlier and more actively in the development of the UNESCO plan and budget. (KC)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, International Organizations, International Programs, Needs, Objectives, Participation, Program Budgeting, Program Development
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.