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Items discussed included: Information and communication technologies; Security and safety of staff; Impact on management and programme of the changing relationship between regular and voluntary funding; Emergency preparedness and the development of business contingency plans; Reform of the pay and benefits system; Greater commonality of health insurance arrangements. Other items discussed included: Auditing requirements for European Union contributions; Relationship between the HLCM, HLCP and the UNDG.


Action on Security and safety of staff, New security arrangements


  • noted that, as reported in 2001, due to the filling of the bulk of the field security officer positions during the first half of 2002, UNSECOORD expenditures were expected to exceed the budgeted level in both 2002 and 2003. The actual expenditures relating to the operation would be reported in the context of the budget performance report for the biennium 2002-2003. On the basis of that report, adjustments would be made to the level of the cost shares of the participating organizations, as appropriate;
  • commended the United Nations on its performance in recruiting new field security officers.

Action on Auditing Requirements for European Union Contributions


  • noted that a number of agreements had already been reached with the EU regarding arrangements for their contributions and agreed that it was important for organizations to “march in step” and in the same direction in terms of their responses to EU reporting requests especially in the context of future EU donations.  To this end, they agreed to share information through the CEB secretariat on any pertinent developments.


Action on Security and safety of staff,Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS)


confirmed its commitment to the implementation of MOSS at all duty stations;
commended those organizations taking an active role in facilitating the implementation of MOSS;
requested all organizations to bring to the attention of senior managers that MOSS must be implemented and to encourage their field staff to take ownership of MOSS;
recommended that all organizations with a field presence identify a MOSS focal point to liaise with UNSECOORD and to participate in MOSS working groups;
requested UNSECOORD to provide an update on the status of implementation of MOSS at the next HLCM meeting;
decided to invite organizations with all urgency to forward the following statement to field representatives:

“Statement adopted by HLCM on 8 October 2002
Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) were adopted for the United Nations system in 2001. It was anticipated at that time that all duty stations falling under any of the five security phases would be MOSS compliant by the end of 2002.
Compliance with those minimum standards is a critical factor in the security management system.
Meeting in October 2002, the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM) expressed grave concern for the low level of implementation of the standards.

Consequently, it called on all organizations to advise representatives in the field duty stations in question of their responsibilities with respect to the implementation of all aspects of security policy, in particular the implementation and maintenance of security plan and MOSS for compliance with both and for ensuring that all personnel have adequate and operating communication equipment as established by these minimum standards.”