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Issues discussed included: Security and Safety of Staff; Support to staff and their families in emergency situations; Administration of Justice; HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; Coordination with UNDG; HLCM Networks;Occupational Health and Safety Policy in the UN system.


Action on Guidelines for Acceptable Risk

The Committee:

Endorsed the continued use of the Guidelines for Acceptable Risk.

Endorsed the establishment of a Programme Working Group composed of members of the programme community, including the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the UN Development Group (UNDG), as well as security professionals, to address the following:

  • Define the four levels of programme criticality within the Guidelines for Acceptable Risk (Extreme, Critical, Essential and All Other); and
  • Develop a framework for determining programme criticality for decision making by HLCM at its 2010 fall session.

Tasked the Chair of the Steering Committee on Safety and Security with convening the first meeting of the Programme Working Group to enable it to determine its working methods, appoint its leadership and set the required timeline to meet the fall 2010 deadline.

Action on UN Estate Safety and Security Policy

The Committee took note of the development of the draft Estate Safety and Security policy and the ongoing work on the database of all UN facilities. HLCM requested that consideration be given to replacing ‘Estate’ by ‘Premises’, that a full report be provided to its 2010 Fall session and that the UNDG Task Team on Common Premises be consulted before the finalization of the report.

Action on HR Network proposals on Safety and Security Matters

The Committee:

Urged all organizations to ensure that staff members receive the Information Brochures on Security Related Entitlements and Benefits.

Requested that the three Working Groups of the HR Network, in ongoing consultation with the FB Network, and other Networks as appropriate, continue their work on staff safety and security and submit a comprehensive plan, with costing, to HLCM for consideration at its 2010 fall session. To assist the HR Network in expediting this work, a proposal would be developed by the CEB Secretariat for a Coordinator to work with the HR Network for six months, financed though the Fund for the Plan of Action on Harmonization of Business Practices.