Programme Criticality Framework (revised)

The Programme Criticality Framework is a common United Nations system policy for decision-making that puts in place guiding principles and a systematic structured approach in using Programme Criticality in the United Nations Security Risk Management (SRM) process to ensure that activities involving United Nations personnel can be balanced against security risks. The current document is the second revision of the Programme Criticality Framework, incorporating decisions of the Secretary-General on Programme Criticality following a meeting of the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee (2016/01). The Programme Criticality Framework was first approved by the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM) on 17 October 2011 and subsequently endorsed by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in its autumn 2011 session. A revised version, building on lessons learned from the pilot roll-out phase, was approved by the HLCM at its session on 7-8 March 2013.

  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM)
  • Common Approaches


  • Programme Criticality Framework FINAL HLCM 25102016.pdf

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