The Guidelines for Acceptable Risk are part of Security Risk Management. Once finalized, the Guidelines would include criteria for determining programme criticality and a supporting common framework to inform decision-making on this sensitive matter. The IASMN noted that while this tool was valuable, any final decision regarding program criticality went beyond the remit of the UNSMS.


No detailed record of the discussion on this topic was recorded.


The Committee:

Endorsed the continued use of the Guidelines for Acceptable Risk.

Endorsed the establishment of a Programme Working Group composed of members of the programme community, including the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the UN Development Group (UNDG), as well as security professionals, to address the following:

  • Define the four levels of programme criticality within the Guidelines for Acceptable Risk (Extreme, Critical, Essential and All Other); and
  • Develop a framework for determining programme criticality for decision making by HLCM at its 2010 fall session.

Tasked the Chair of the Steering Committee on Safety and Security with convening the first meeting of the Programme Working Group to enable it to determine its working methods, appoint its leadership and set the required timeline to meet the fall 2010 deadline.

Urged the Executive Heads of all UN organizations to provide guidance to their representatives and appropriate staff for determining programme criticality within their organization, and to nominate security professionals to participate in working groups on programme criticality while the development of definitions and a common framework is undertaken.