Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS)
The UN Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) was approved by the General Assembly in June 2013, under A/RES/67/254, as the emergency management framework for the Organization. The UN system deals with crises on a daily basis. The ORMS aims to assist UN entities to build resilience by aligning and harmonizing preparedness efforts to enhance the Organization’s ability to continuously deliver its mandates.
The Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) cannot be considered reliable unless it has been exercised and subject to constant improvement, and tested to ensure emergency management procedures are consistent with business priorities and policy. To this end, staff implementing the ORMS must also be trained and able to work as a team under crisis conditions. The Organization must also demonstrate due diligence toward the management of identified risks. These objectives are achieved through the implementation of a formal Maintenance, Exercise and Review (ME&R) programme, which will be embedded in the Organization’s work processes.
The UN ORMS is a comprehensive emergency management system, linking actors and activities across preparedness, prevention, response and recovery, to enhance resilience in order to improve the capacity of the Organization to effectively manage the risks of disruptive events.
Main achievements have been made in the KPI areas of Policy, Governance and Risk Management. Main challenges are reported in the area of Maintenance and Exercise, specifically in keeping the different plans up-to-date and in ensuring that staff members are well-trained to perform their functions according to these plans.