The HLCM Vice-Chair and Chair of the Steering Group for the Plan of Action on Business Practices recalled the actions taken following the HLCM meeting of March 2008 and subsequent approval by CEB in April 2008 of the launch of the Plan of Action:
Finalization of the Business Practices Funding Proposal with the inclusion of initiatives in the area of Procurement;
Briefing by the Chair of HLCM and the Director of the CEB Secretariat to the United Nations General Assembly in the context of the Informal Consultations on System-wide Coherence (New York, 13 June 2008);
Letter by the Chair of HLCM to the Secretary-General of 28 July 2008 transmitting the Funding proposal, for circulation to potential donors, as agreed by CEB;
Letter by the Chair of HLCM to the Secretary-General of 15 September 2008 requesting an appointment to provide clarifications in relation to the Plan of Action;
Arrangements for the establishment of a Trust Fund for Business Practices.
Following further discussions between the Director of the CEB Secretariat and the Office of the Secretary-General, during which some issues requiring further clarification had been addressed, the Funding Proposal was now ready for submission to donors: the Secretary-General would shortly transmit the Proposal together with an accompanying letter by the HLCM Chair highlighting the background, content and objectives of the initiative.
The HLCM Vice-Chair also recalled that many of the projects part of the Plan were included in it to take their objectives to a higher level of ambition, thanks to dedicated resources funded through the package. Nevertheless, some of such projects were an integral part of the HLCM’s agenda, and their start should not necessarily be linked to the fund raising process for the Plan of Action. The approach recommended to all HLCM Networks was, therefore, to get started with all projects where some initial work could take place without additional funding, so that, when resources would come in, preliminary phases would already be at an advanced stage and work could proceed on a much stronger basis.
Examples of activities already under way were:
Harmonized Budgeting Practices (limited to Capital Budgeting models), led by UNDP and IAEA;
Common Treasury Services, led by IFAD and WHO;
Cost Recovery Policies, led by UNESCO jointly with DOCO;
IPSAS system-wide Training (funded through the main IPSAS implementation project), led by the IPSAS team;
Enhancements to UN Global Market Place (UNGM), led by the Procurement Network.
The Committee took note of the progress and encouraged the Steering Group and the CEB Secretariat to follow-up with the Office of the Secretary-General for a quick transmission of the Funding Proposal to potential donors, in accordance with the decision of all Executive Heads in CEB, and with a view not to lose the positive momentum and the interest repeatedly manifested by donors to contribute generous funding to this initiative.