In addressing human resources issues, CEB, HLCM and its Human Resources Network continued to engage in a dialogue with representatives of staff bodies (the Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations and the Coordinating Committee for International Staff Unions and Associations of the United Nations System) and the International Civil Service Commission. As provided for in the statute of the International Civil Service Commission, the Human Resources Network has continued to coordinate and represent the collective views of the United Nations system Executive Heads before the Commission on all relevant issues. The Human Resources Network has also focused on a number of important issues, such as the new mobility and hardship allowance; harmonization and simplification of entitlements; the renegotiation of the collective agreement with short-term interpreters; and the further harmonization of remuneration packages. Of particular note is the completion of the new inter-organization mobility accord, which came into effect in November 2005 and replaces the former 1949 Inter-Organization Agreement.

In addition, the inter-agency human resources task force on HIV/AIDS in the United Nations system workplace has focused on the harmonization and scaling up of the various United Nations HIV workplace initiatives into one common United Nations system-wide programme, “UN cares”. It is aimed at ensuring universal access to an integrated package of prevention, care and support for all United Nations personnel and their families (regardless of contract status) in all duty stations, including headquarters.