An over-arching theme for the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM), one of the three pillars of the CEB, is Management Efficiency. 

Through cooperation and coordination, members of the committee work towards creating a more robust and effective UN system that can deliver better results for those who need it most.  The work focuses in the broad areas of finance and budget, procurement, human resources, and digital and technology. 

A separate trust fund, the Harmonization of Business Practices Plan of Action, has been set up to provide seed funding for management initiatives that show promise in improving the impact of the UN system but which would otherwise be difficult to achieve without external support to the organizations’ own budgets.

Harmonization of Business Practices Plan of Action

The Harmonization of Business Practices Plan of Action (HBP) comprises a set of projects aimed at assisting the UN system deliver better programming results through improved coherence in management practices.  The UN system organizations and specialized agencies have distinct purposes and divergent business models which has led to disparate and sometimes inefficient business practices. 

The Plan of Action, drawing on a trust fund totaling USD 10.5 Million, donated by Member States (New Zealand, the Untied Kingdom, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands) seeks to bring these varying business practices together where it makes programmatic and financial sense to improve efficiency.  Having commenced activities in 2009 under the control of a Steering Committee chaired by the Vice Chair of the HLCM, the HBP to date has funded eight projects in different areas of management with an additional four projects soon to be considered for approval. More

Finance and Budget Network

The FB Network is made up of senior financial managers from member organizations of the UN system.  The network focuses on providing advice and strategic guidance in respect of finance and budget related issues of common concern to UN System organizations as a whole. These issues cover international accounting standards, treasury practices, auditing and oversight mechanisms, financial reporting, cost recovery and others.  The network provides guidance in respect of jointly financed activities of the UN System, including security management.  The FB Network commissions the CEB Secretariat to conduct surveys on particular issues of interest like budgeting practices or ASHI liabilities. More

Human Resources Network

The HR Network brings together Directors of Human Resources departments from over thirty UN and related organizations at its biannual meetings, which are held in conjunction with those of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).  The Network provides strategic advice and leadership in the management of human resources, focusing on specific strategic issues of interest to HR Directors, as well as preparing views and proposals to the HLCM and liaising with the Federations of Staff Associations.  The HR Network facilitates Delivering as One by harmonizing and reforming human resource business practices and through enhancing and facilitating inter-agency mobility.  The Network coordinates the implementation of the UN Cares and the UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility programmes across the UN system. More

Procurement Network

The HLCM Procurement Network is made up of the Chiefs of Procurement from member organizations.  The network focuses on ensuring that the UN system continues to improve its performance in the area of procurement through better leveraging the combined purchasing power of the system and through joint negotiation of long term agreements with vendors, particularly in large duty stations.  The network also focuses on simplifying tools for UN Country Offices to collaborate; increasing access to UN procurement for new suppliers; maintaining transparent procurement systems; and continuously improving the professionalism of procurement practitioners in the system. More

Digital and Technology Network

The DT Network brings together the information and communication technology leadership from the organizations in the UN System. In addition to advising the HLCM on system-wide approaches to leveraging advanced technology, the Network functions as a forum to coordinate system-wide ICT policy and practices.  The DT Network is chaired by the Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, and draws its membership from more than forty UN and related organizations. More

CEB Management Themes