Self-reporting regimes have become a fixture of multilateral diplomacy, and United Nations
programs are no exception to this rule. It is estimated that over half of all treaties deposited with
the UN contain some kind of monitoring arrangement, with self-reporting making up a sizable
proportion. Despite self-reporting’s prevalence in international agreements and UN Security
Council resolutions, there is a lack of consistency among different reporting regimes, and little
scholarship exists that studies the reporting mechanisms themselves. Prior research involving
reporting has mostly focused on compliance with the resolutions, that is to say the contents of the
reports, rather than the reports and reporting structures themselves. Studies that do delve deeper
into the reports often focus on the accuracy of information conveyed by the reports but give little
attention to the way reporting is structured within that regime and how that structure may
influence the content of reports. This pattern of study leaves a significant gap in the literature
that has serious implications for existing and future UN programs. Because so many programs
rely on self-reporting mechanisms to assess implementation and progress, it is critical that
reporting structures facilitate as much as possible comprehensive and quality reporting by states.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree.
Butt, Ahsan; Herrera-Heintz, Marina; Kantack, Jacqulyn; Daniel, McDonald; Connor, McPartland.
Improving State Reporting to the United Nations: A Case Study of Four Self-Reporting Regimes.
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