Background

The development of the new Strategic Plan began at a Retreat convened on 14-15 January 2013 at the UN System Staff College in Turin, Italy. The HLCM Chair thanked the Secretary-General for ensuring the participation in the Retreat of his Chef de Cabinet, Ms. Susana Malcorra, who had shared with the Committee the vision of the Secretary-General on management reform in the UN system.

A key objective for HLCM when preparing its Strategic Plan was to adopt a more strategic and visionary approach to its work, through revised working methods, and to offer substantive support to the Secretary-General.

The HLCM Strategic Plan aimed to bolster the commitment of Member States, as re-affirmed in the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of Operational Activities for Development of the UN system, to enhance the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and credibility of the United Nations system as a shared goal and interest, by re-designing and operationalizing an administration and management function more adaptive and agile in delivering programmatic mandates.

The HLCM Chair then outlined some of the main priorities included in the Strategic Plan, emphasizing from the start that the UN system of organizations would preserve and foster the safety and security of their staff, while remaining committed to responding to the ever increasing demand for their services, despite the deteriorating conditions in which such services are delivered.

In its Strategic Plan, HLCM also placed high priority on coordinating work in the area of crisis preparedness and response, business continuity and cyber-security. Concurrently, the Committee aimed to develop a consolidated and trust-based relationship with Member States on the level and quality of controls in place in the organizations to
allow for rationalized oversight, more focus on key risks and better internal resource allocation.

Action

CEB endorsed the HLCM report. It also endorsed the Committee’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 (Annex I)