Background

The Committee reviewed a number of other issues from the June 2010 meeting of the IASMN, leading to the following decisions.

Discussion

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

Action

The Committee:

Took note with appreciation of the ongoing development by UNDSS of a “UN Use of Force Policy”, which had already been vetted by the UN Office of Legal Affairs and was currently under review by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Noted that policies and standardized training programmes on “close protection” were being developed.

Took note of the update provided on the United Nations Premises Safety and Security Policy and looked forward to a full report on this issue at its next regular session, with due consideration to the issue of building standards for the construction of UN buildings.

Recognized that the establishment of the security staff screening and vetting policy is a major issue impacting on a cross section of disciplines, e.g. human resources, legal, political and as such, welcomed the proposal by the IASMN that all relevant UN system parties be engaged in formulating such policy. To this end, HLCM proposed the establishment of a working group under its auspices to move this issue forward. Consultations among organizations to form this Group would be led by the CEB Secretariat.

Looked forward to a speedy conclusion of the work of the FB Network Working Group on Safety and Security Costs, taking into consideration the objectives of transparency in the budgeting process and in the usage of the resources subject to cost sharing, the alignment of such budgeting process with those of member organizations, the sharing of information among organizations on their expenditure on safety and security, the agreement on a fair methodology to apportion the jointly financed costs, and a recognition of the political difficulty inherent in attempting to cover such jointly financed security costs through the Regular Budget of the United Nations.

Took note of the establishment by IASMN of a working group to examine the issue of Private Security Companies and Private Military Security Companies, and of the obligation of UNDSS to provide the lead input into the UN Secretariat’s Policy Committee on this matter.

Endorsed the IASMN recommendation that the Integrated Security Clearance and Tracking system (ISECT) be renamed “TRIP”.  It further endorsed the objective of requiring that all official travel be registered in TRIP, on the basis of full integration between TRIP and each organization’s travel system, by the end of 2011.