CEB took note of the report of the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM) on its third session and expressed appreciation for the work of the Committee, particularly the continuing attention given by it to information and communication technologies (ICT) coordination and the security and safety of staff.
Executive Heads stressed the special importance they attach to the review under way by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to reform the system that underpins pay and benefits in the common system, noting that the case for far-reaching reform is compelling, and that the risk of inaction in meeting the repeatedly expressed concern of the General Assembly and other governing bodies over the competitivity of United Nations conditions of employment and in addressing the lack of flexibility of the current system in respect of responding to organizations’ diverse needs, far outweighs the challenges associated with the initiative. Stressing that these reforms are vital for the improvement of organizational performance and to complement other major management reforms under way, Executive Heads called on the Commission to exercise leadership in moving forward this important initiative.
CEB recalled its decision calling for an independent review aimed at strengthening both the international civil service and the Commission itself. It expressed the hope that such a review would be undertaken as soon as possible.
CEB noted that the two High-level Committees are making good progress in their work and have moved beyond the organizational phase towards addressing substantive issues — both within the scope of their own responsibilities and in support of CEB. It expressed its appreciation to the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the two Committees and noted the support provided by the secretariat which is accountable to all CEB members.