Background

The progress report on the fund raising campaign for the Business Practices Funding Proposal.

Discussion

No detailed record of the discussion on this topic was recorded.

Action

The Committee:

Took note of the progress report on the fund raising campaign for the Business Practices Funding Proposal, as well as of the funding and launch of the first project (Common Framework to deal with Suspect Vendors); and endorsed the tentative list of priorities among the projects currently included in the Plan, as outlined in document CEB/2009/HLCM/7.

Expressed appreciation to the Government of New Zealand for its generous contribution and for the confidence placed in the Committee in taking forward this initiative.

Requested the Business Practices Steering Committee and the HLCM Networks to carry out a review of all the projects included in the Plan of Action, with a view to assessing their relevance and priority in light of the changed financial context, and to refining their expected outcomes, timelines and projected resource requirements, also based on the feedback already received from the donor community.

In consideration of the fact that some of the initiatives included in the Plan are an integral part of the HLCM programme of work, and that considerable work is already under way with many of such projects, requested HLCM Networks to identify areas where work could and should proceed independently of external funding, and encouraged member organizations to commit the necessary financial and human resources to such priority areas. Should extra-budgetary funding become available, preliminary phases of such projects would already be at an advanced stage and work could proceed on a much stronger basis, taking their objectives to a higher level of ambition.

Accepted with appreciation the offer by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to provide input and funding towards project number 1 in the Plan of Action, i.e. “Comparative analysis and review of the staff regulations and rules of the organizations of the UN common system leading to a progressive harmonization”, and requested the HR Network to develop a detailed project plan to use this contribution in conjunction with a direct commitment by member organizations to deliver the outcomes proposed in the project, irrespective of external funding.

Requested the CEB Secretariat and the chairs of HLCM Networks to continue fund raising efforts, with a view to providing donors that have already declared their interest in the Plan with the additional information they have requested.

Approved the format, structure and content of the “Overview of HLCM Activities and Linkages” (CEB/2009/HLCM/4), incorporating changes and suggestions emerged from the discussion, and recommended that, once finalized, this Overview be maintained and updated at least twice a year, and that the information included in the brochure be mirrored in the CEB website.

Recommended that the CEB Secretariat develop a corresponding information document on HLCM for the non-HLCM reader (i.e. Member States and the external public in general), with the appropriate format and level of detail.

Took note of the briefing by DOCO, and recommended to continue on the well–established pattern of information sharing and coordination with HLCM.