A main concern of the United Nations system continued to be the strengthening of system-wide security policies and infrastructures. CEB, through its High-Level Committee on Management, endorsed the new unified security management system. It reiterated its view that security, a prerequisite for programme delivery, is a core responsibility of Member States and should be funded centrally under the United Nations regular budget.

In view of the decision of the General Assembly to maintain the existing arrangements with regard to cost-sharing for safety and security, CEB, through the High-Level Committee on Management, agreed to a new approach for the apportionment of 2006-2007 field-related security costs.

A number of other security-related issues being pursued include:

  • Risk and threat assessments, including a risk management model and a recommendation for its immediate adoption by organizations as a tool to enable enhanced security management at the local, regional and headquarters levels; a revised Minimum Operating Security Standards policy as the new baseline standard for security at the field level; and recommendations related to aviation safety, including the need to develop a common aviation safety policy;
  • Headquarters security, consisting of Headquarters Minimum Operating Security Standards for United Nations system-wide acceptance, including standards for the physical security of headquarters complexes, access control, training, weaponry, etc;
  • Contingency planning and emergency preparedness, including annual surveys of organizations on actions taken by them to improve their security and emergency preparedness so as to provide guidance for those organizations that have yet to complete their emergency preparedness, and business continuity planning;
  • Security costs, consisting of oversight of a worldwide census of staff and other employees covered under the security umbrella and including data on numbers of staff by location and contract type as the basis for the sharing of field-related security costs and for the distribution of premiums for the malicious acts insurance policy;
  • Humanitarian air service liability issues and how organizations should cover the liabilities of their own staff on WFP-administered flights.