Background

The Chair of HLCM, Mr. Francis Gurry, introduced the report of HLCM on its twenty-fourth session, held on 24 and 25 September 2012, in Washington, D.C., hosted by IMF. The HLCM Chair acknowledged the differences among the organizations represented in the Committee — field- and headquarters-based, large and small, humanitarian and development, normative and operational.

 

Discussion

The HLCM Chair informed the Board that the Committee had initiated a process leading to the development of its strategic plan over the next three to five years.  The Chair recalled that HLCM was leading the way in many areas of focus of the Secretary-General’s Agenda, inter alia, staff mobility, joint procurement, simplification, common services, transparency and accountability. The HLCM Chair moved on to brief the Board on the actions taken by the Committee on a mandate originating from the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee on 9 April 2012 on “Support to survivors of malicious acts and natural disasters and affected families”: the undertaking of a stocktaking exercise, building on experiences across the United Nations system and drawing on feedback from survivors to identify best practices, gaps and problem areas; clarify scope; and identify and explore differences in eligibility and coverage for different categories of personnel.

Action

CEB took note of progress and endorsed the conclusions of HLCM at its twenty-fourth session.

Executive Heads:

  • Affirmed their moral obligation to exercise their duty of care and to accelerate progress in ensuring comprehensive, sensitive, coordinated and consistent support to staff affected by critical incidents in the line of duty, as well as to their families;
  • Stated their intent to build an organizational culture of care and compassion with respect to survivors and affected families.