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Conclusions of the Twenty-Second Session of the High Level Committee on Management (Washington, D.C., 26-27 September 2011). Issues discussed included: Security and Safety of Staff; Programme Criticality Framework; Improving Efficiency and Cost Controls; Common Principles on Results Reporting; UNDG-HLCM Mission to identify country-level bottlenecks in business practices; HLCM Networks; Mandatory of Separation, ERM.


Action on Common Principles on Results Reporting

The Committee:

Endorsed the following common principles on results reporting:

Mutual accountability

  • Support national governments to implement their global commitments
  • Agree on a shared agenda
  • Improve national M&E systems
  • Engage in dialogue to facilitate learning


  • Accessible results reporting
  • Balanced reporting on successes and challenges
  • Understandable for intended users

Efficient use of resources

  • Reporting on efficiency initiatives and relative efficiency gains of individual agencies over time
  • Simplify, standardize and streamline financial, internal management and external results reporting

Effectiveness in results

Action on Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness of the UN System

The Committee:

Noted the initiatives for improving efficiencies and cutting costs reported by its members and encouraged a rapid scale-up or replication of these measures, where possible. It recognized the added-value of larger, system-wide savings generated by initiatives already undertaken or in the pipeline as part of the HLCM Plan for the Harmonization of Business Practices, and recommended active engagement in such projects by all member organizations.

Requested organizations that have put forward new ideas, or submitted preliminary information on implemented efficiency measures, to complete their submissions to the CEB Secretariat with comprehensive financial evidence by the end of October 2011.