Conclusions of the Twenty-Third Session of the High Level Committee on Management (Madrid, 15-16 March 2012). Issues discussed included: Dialogue with Staff Federations; Security and Safety of Staff; Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness of the UN System; HLCM Networks; CEB Secretariat’s dual location; UNESCO’s Financial Situation; Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality; UNSSC: Training and Learning Programmes for the UN system; EMG Sustainability Report and Conclusions from the Executive Session.
The Committee agreed to take up, on a voluntary basis, the challenge to implement at least three cost-cutting and efficiency measures in their organizations, building on the experience of other organizations as shared in the course of the HLCM exercise. HLCM members agreed to share progress made and lessons learned after one year.
The Committee took note of the progress achieved in the development of the system-wide action plan for implementation of the "United Nations system-wide policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women", and encouraged organizations to continue their collaborative approach to accelerate gender mainstreaming across policies and programmes, and gender equality in the UN system.
The Committee took note of the review by the IASMN of the Security Level System one year after its implementation and of the IASMN’s recommendation not to amend the SLS at this time, but to emphasize in travel advisories the five component categories of threats and hazards, with attention drawn to the threat category with the highest rating.
The Committee took note of the update on Private Security Companies, noting the progress achieved and the importance of on-going considerations and consultations as we move forward on this issue. The Committee further expressed its appreciation of the timeliness of the update received and urged organizations to provide input on the proposed policy and guidelines.
The Committee endorsed the following policies approved by the IASMN at its 16th session for inclusion in the United Nations Security Management System Security Policy Manual and promulgation within the UN Security Management System: Arrest and Detention, Close Protection, Hostages Incident Management, Relations with the Host Country on Security and Fire Safety.