In the context of its on-going review of policies and resource-related issues pertaining to the entire UN security management system, HLCM received a briefing from the UN Office of the Security Coordinator.  Its attention was drawn, in particular, to the conclusions of the May 2002 Meeting of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network. 


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



  • confirmed its commitment to the implementation of MOSS at all duty stations;
  • commended those organizations taking an active role in facilitating the implementation of MOSS;
  • requested all organizations to bring to the attention of senior managers that MOSS must be implemented and to encourage their field staff to take ownership of MOSS;
  • recommended that all organizations with a field presence identify a MOSS focal point to liaise with UNSECOORD and to participate in MOSS working groups;
  • requested UNSECOORD to provide an update on the status of implementation of MOSS at the next HLCM meeting;
  • decided to invite organizations with all urgency to forward the following statement to field representatives:

“Statement adopted by HLCM on 8 October 2002
Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) were adopted for the United Nations system in 2001.  It was anticipated at that time that all duty stations falling under any of the five security phases would be MOSS compliant by the end of 2002.
Compliance with those minimum standards is a critical factor in the security management system.
Meeting in October 2002, the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM) expressed grave concern for the low level of implementation of the standards.

Consequently, it called on all organizations to advise representatives in the field duty stations in question of their responsibilities with respect to the implementation of all aspects of security policy, in particular the implementation and maintenance of security plan and MOSS for compliance with both and for ensuring that all personnel have adequate and operating communication equipment as established by these minimum standards.”