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Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and the United Nations International Civil Servants Federation; Security and safety of staff; Triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system: management implications; Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; UNDG on management issues; HLCM networks; Status of implementation of enterprise resource planning across the system; Institutional links between the High-level Committee and the representatives of the Internal Audit Services of the United Nations system; Mobility/portability of pension benefits and impact of currency fluctuations; Standards of accommodation for air travel in the United Nations system.


Action on Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of operational activities for development of the United Nations system: Management implications

HLCM thanked UN/DESA for the comprehensive briefing. The Committee noted that the management-related recommendations included in the TCPR document had many links to the Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices. This indicated that HLCM was already acting in line with the TCPR resolution.

The various HLCM Networks, in cooperation with relevant UNDG mechanisms, would conduct a detailed analysis of the TCPR recommendations in their respective areas, with a view to evaluating the feasibility, resource requirements and possible timeframes of any required follow-up actions that were not already part of their programmes of work. Networks would report back on this to HLCM at its next session.

Action on HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization and Reform of Business

The Committee approved the launch of the HLCM plan of action for the harmonization and reform of business practices in the UN system, as outlined in document CEB/2008/HLCM/4, integrated with the points that follow.

Recognizing the critical role that UN organizations with strong field presence have for the successful achievement of the objectives outlined in the plan of action, the membership of the Steering Group, currently led by the HLCM Vice-Chair and composed by the Chairs of the HLCM Networks and by the Director of the CEB Secretariat, would be expanded to include HLCM representatives of UNDP and UNICEF.

Action on UNDG Programme of Work on Management Issues: Coordination with HLCM

The Committee thanked Ms. Malcorra and Mr. Nigam for presenting the draft UNDG programme of work on management matters and an update on the new proposed UNDG structure and took note of them. HLCM and UNDG would pursue the maximum level of coordination in all management policy and guidance issues with relevance at the system-wide level. In particular, any discussions leading to implications for the UN system would be coordinated through HLCM and its Networks for comprehensive consideration and buy-in, while UNDG would ensure guidance and support for piloting solutions in countries and, more in general, for the requirements emerging from the country level.

Action on Security and safety of staff

The conclusions, action points and recommendations for CEB by HLCM, as developed by the Committee based on a careful review of the IASMN report and on the discussion that followed, are detailed in Annex II.  Such conclusions would be transmitted to the Secretary-General and to the Independent Panel on Staff Safety and Security as the HLCM’s response to the Secretary-General’s memo to Ms. Obaid and Mr. Veness of 22 February 2008 on “Operational Security Issues for consideration by CEB, HLCM and IASMN”.

The nature and scope of all such recommendations would be subject to review depending on the outcome of the Independent Panel on Staff Safety and Security led by Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, including those in connection with staffing requirements. HLCM would hold an inter-sessional meeting soon after the Brahimi report is released to discuss its content and follow-up action.