Background

The Chair of the Committee, Thoraya Obaid, briefed executive heads on the outcome of the twelfth session of the Committee. She noted that, continuing on a productive path explored earlier in the year, the Committee had held its session at the same time and venue as the High Level Committee on Programmes, and a joint session with that Committee was organized in the afternoon of 30 September. She noted that management issues did not stand in isolation. Since management issues were very often driven by programmatic needs, the Committee benefited greatly from joint meetings and the excellent partnership that had been established with the High Level Committee on Programmes under Mr. Båge’s leadership. The High Level Committee on Management had now agreed to consolidate this successful experience of joint sessions on subjects of common interest and relevance and intended to hold its next session again at the same time and venue as the High Level Committee on Programmes, including a joint discussion on results-based management, which has important implications for both committees.

Discussion

Members of CEB expressed satisfaction that the focus of the Committee’s work had increasingly shifted from administrative matters to management policy. Support was also expressed for the effort to coordinate more closely with the United Nations Development Group. It was noted that, particularly for small organizations, the Committee provided an especially valuable forum for knowledge-sharing. The creation by the Secretariat of its first consolidated annual report was pointed to as a useful model of results-oriented reporting.

Concern was expressed that true results-based management had not yet been fully achieved in the security area. Furthermore, there was a need to discuss within CEB the most suitable balance to be achieved between security requirements and the ability of organizations to deliver services, especially during a humanitarian crisis. It was noted that during the recent crisis in Lebanon, United Nations agencies were more restricted in their movements than other organizations. Reference was also made to the recent security incident in Geneva, which had revealed that problems of coordination and communication remained, requiring careful examination.

Action

CEB took note of the report of the High Level Committee on Management, endorsed its conclusions and recommendations, and thanked the Chair and Vice-Chair for their very effective leadership of the Committee’s work.