Our mission – Our vision – Our way to work
The committee of Diplomatic Council commissioners for UN Affairs (DCUN) is responsible for managing the relationship of the Diplomatic Council to the United Nations and the ECOSOC in particular including its committees and subcommittees. It defines the strategy and policy of the Diplomatic Council in regard to the UN and bears responsibility for the utmost effectiveness of this work.
The DCUN is the voice of the Diplomatic Council and its members to the United Nations. It consists of individuals who combine their commitment to the 17 principles of the United Nations for a better world with their goal to make the Diplomatic Council one of the most effective and influential nongovernmental organizations of the UN. Membership in the DCUN will be granted only by personal invitation through the CEO of DCUN and must be unanimously agreed on by the commissioners.
DCUN will be represented by commissioners in all major UN locations like especially New York, Geneva, and Vienna. Moreover, we will be present in all five major cities where the regional Economic Commissions of ECOSOSC are located as well as in all major industrial areas, and so-called emerging markets. This reflects the self-conception of the Diplomatic Council and DCUN to be “the reasonable voice of the business community.”
In this role, DCUN will use all possibilities and instruments available to work for its and the UN goals, namely written and oral submissions, personal networking and presence, side events, marketing and public relations. The DCUN-committee will manage and coordinate this work in an orderly, transparent and effective way. Its work is based on self-initiated projects, selected UN projects or other NGOs projects as escorting partners. Lighthouse-projects might be defined in order to contribute to bundle resources and raise the public awareness of the Diplomatic Council as a whole.
DCUN is the exclusive body inside the Diplomatic Council to select, prioritize and coordinate projects relevant to the UN. It decides about projects and connected strategies with an unanimous vote. The DCUN officers are independent and are not mandated, in particular not to other Diplomatic Council members. Transparency, open communication, and fair discussions determine its work. DCUN meets on a monthly basis whenever possible. The meetings will be prepared and organized by the secretary.
Projects with a potential to be forwarded to the UN can be submitted to DCUN
a.) by commissioners themselves,
b.) by Diplomatic Council members,
c.) by external persons or organizations in line with UN and Diplomatic Council goals.
People submitting projects have a right to present them at regular DCUN meetings. The proposal must be in a written form and in a format which already suits to the UN rules for oral and written submissions. Projects proposed from external sources need a so-called “trustee” inside DCUN who helps preparing it for final decision at DCUN. Pre-clearance with forum leaders concerned is mandatory.
DCUN decides on projects and related strategies with an unanimous vote. The committee can take all measures feasible to make a fair judgment as to the project submitted. This can include further expert hearings, a request for further clarifications on the project or setting up subcommittees for deeper strategic examinations. The term unanimous vote applies to all commissioners elected. Commissioners absent can give their approval by mail. It counts as approving vote if the commissioners has not yet answered at all within 5 days. The so-called “Chatham House” principles are integral part of DCUNs work.
The commissioners for UN affairs bear a specific responsibility to help organize and structure this work to the best benefit of the Diplomatic Council. This in particular means:
a. Defining projects which help to support the work of the UN.
b. Developing strategic plans to implement them in the UN framework.
c. Creating a UN-based network which helps to work effectively at UN level.
d. Selecting experts and groups who can successfully contribute to the project.
d. Submit written or oral presentations to the UN bodies.
e. Being present in person at UN meetings relevant for the project.
f. Delivering progress reports to the secretary according to timelines defined.
g. Taking responsibility as a “trustee” for projects of members not being commissioners.
h. Working as “diplomat” for the United Nations inside and outside the Diplomatic Council.
i. Representing the DCUN on business occasions worldwide.
j. Contributing to position the Diplomatic Council as a global ThinkTank at the UN.
k. Keeping close relationships to the Diplomatic Council members.
On “official” missions commissioners of DCUN represent the Diplomatic Council and especially DCUN as a whole. They are not formally mandated by DCUN, but by being elected commissioner, however, they promise to adhere to the policies, positions and ethical guidelines of the Diplomatic Council on “official” missions.
The secretary is the “inner heart” of DCUN. It supports the commissioners in their day-to-day work, for example registering for UN meetings, providing contacts, make necessary bookings and help providing relevant documents before the meeting. The commissioners themselves take responsibility to make personal and meeting arrangements, to study all relevant documents, to keep records, contact sheets and all other information necessary for their work. When traveling to UN sessions, meetings of committees and subcommittees by order of DCUN, commissioners enjoy Diplomatic Council travel and health insurance.
Commissioners contribute in making the work of the secretary most effective by providing all information necessary for a structured and effective manner including for example summaries, success reports, contact data of persons relevant to DCUN works. The secretary helps making all data which might be of importance for DCUN as a whole accessible to all commissioners. DCUN will submit a report to the Diplomatic Council members once a year at years end.
Commissioners act as individuals with no official contract or binding agreement with DCUN. To assure a common behavior and public performance in the interest of the Diplomatic Council as a whole commissioners will sign the “Corporate Governance Codex” (Guide of Ethics) of DCUN thereby following global business standards. Statements, pronouncement or any other action being taken by individual commissioners will not make other commissioners of DCUN accountable in any financial or legal way.