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Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and UNISERV; Security and Safety of Staff; UN Reform on Contractual Arrangements; HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; Mandatory Age of Separation; UN Leaders Programme; HLCM Networks; ICSC Surveys on Performance Management and Inter-Agency Mobility; Healthcare and its Management in the UN System.


Action UN Reform on contractual arrangements

The Committee:

Recognized, among the key challenges of the reform of contractual arrangements: the need for flexibility in its implementation, given the different operational realities of organizations; difficulties with determining types of appointments solely based on the nature of functions and not on the source of funding for posts and/or availability of resources; and the critical importance of effective performance management systems.

Re-affirmed the request to the HR Network to ensure a coordinated approach to dealing with the reform on contractual arrangements, as well as timely and detailed information sharing as implementation progresses.

Agreed to hold a thematic discussion at the next meeting on the new system for Administration of Justice, including on the positions of the ILO Administrative Tribunal.

Action on Harmonization of Business Practices; and, Coordination with UNDG on Management Issues

The Committee:

Considered the outcome of the work carried out by its Networks in response to the Committee’s request “to carry out a review of all the projects included in the Plan of Action, with a view to assessing their relevance and priority in light of the changed financial context, and to refining their expected outcomes, timelines and projected resource requirements, also based on the feedback already received from the donor community” and “to identify areas where work could and should proceed independently of external funding, and to commit the necessary financial and human resources to such priority areas”.

Took note of the encouraging recognition at the highest inter-governmental level of the work carried out by the Committee towards simplification and harmonization of business practices, as well of Member States’ request to continue such work under the guidance of organizations’ respective executive boards and governing bodies.

Action on United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF)

The Committee:

Considered the UN Joint Staff Pension Board’s recommendation, at its fifty-sixth session, that “given the impact that increasing longevity will have on the financial situation of the Fund, its [Working Group on Plan Design] would need to consider the emerging trends in personnel policies further and possibly in conjunction with the normal retirement age provisions”, and that “such issues would require close consultations with ICSC and the HLCM”.

Considered the preliminary recommendations of the HR Network regarding the possibility of raising the mandatory age of separation, and decided that such recommendations should be further reviewed in light of the results of the forthcoming actuarial study to be carried out by the UN JSPF Board., i.e. after the financial sustainability of the Fund is quantified and a more detailed assessment is made of whether financial sustainability considerations should be driving changes in the mandatory separation age.

Action on UN Leaders Programme

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.