In 2004, the CEB established the Senior Management Network (SMN) and mandated the UNSSC to develop the Leadership and Management Development Programme for SMN. In 2007, under contract by UNSSC, the Rotterdam School of Management delivered a pilot programme. Based on the assessment of the pilot, the College and many of the participants believed that the SMNP did not live up to expectations.

In July of 2008, the HLCM Steering Group requested the College to redesign, develop, and implement a new leadership course, utilizing the best available relevant expertise, experiences, and knowledge inside and outside the UN system. The UNSSC thus created a Reference Group in October 2008 composed of representatives of 10 CEB agency members and former UN senior staff, as well as leadership experts from the academia.* It also sought inputs from the private sector and the arts and culture community.


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


The Committee:

Took note of the report from the first cohort of the UN Leaders Programme, which took place in Turin on 11-15 May 2009, and of the Staff College plans to further develop the Programme by delivering a second cohort from 30 November to 4 December 2009 on Accountability & Ethics, and by offering another three courses in 2010 with an estimated participation of about 40 people each time.

Congratulated UNSSC on the success, and encouraged the College to continue along this path in planning and designing additional sessions of the Programme, to cover the entire audience of UN leaders.

Asked the Business Practices Steering Committee to give due consideration to including the UN Leaders Programme among its priority projects when allocating funds for the implementation of the HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices.