Background

The Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security provided the Committee with a briefing on the Unprecedented Security Challenges to the United Nations System, outlining the nature and relevance of emerging threats, as determined by a combination of overlapping factors: 1) Proliferation of extremism and increase in its sophistication; 2) Growth of hostile intent toward the UN from extremism; and, 3) Expanded UN operations in conflict zones.

The USG/DSS stressed the need for urgently taking to the implementation stage the recommendations developed by the Steering Committee on Safety and Security, underlining that a new level of resources was required to address the new needs, and that such increased funding requirements had to be presented to Member States in all Governing Bodies of member organizations.

Discussion

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

Action

The Committee:

Welcomed the report of the Steering Committee on Safety and Security and of its Operational Working Group on the Strengthening of the United Nations Security Management System (CEB/2009/HLCM/2), including its recommendations, and requested the HR and Finance & Budget Networks to urgently address the specific recommendations and issues relevant to them.  In particular, the HLCM requested the HR Network to address the issues raised in the report concerning rules governing compensation in the event of service-related death, injury, or illness.

Requested the HLCM Chair to produce a summary of the policy recommendations for endorsement by the CEB at its Spring 2009 session, underscoring those that cannot be fully operationalized without addressing the funding issues.  The committee also requested the Chair to prepare a draft CEB statement to Member States expressing the CEB's strong commitment to implementing a comprehensive plan for a strengthened and enhanced system-wide security management system as well as the need to increase financial resources for it.

Requested the Steering Committee to closely monitor the implementation of actions detailed in its report (as reflected in Annex B), including through detailing the budgetary implications stemming from its recommendations to be made available for the CEB at its Spring 2009 session.

Endorsed the report’s approach to Security Risk Management and the proposed new concept to establish security phases and requested the Steering Committee to submit a detailed update on the progress of the pilot of the proposed Security Phase system, to be considered by HLCM during the Fall 2009 session.

Decided that the Executive Group on Security should be chaired by the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Safety and Security (UN/DSS) and requested the Steering Committee to provide an update on its functioning at HLCM’s Fall 2009 session.

IASMN Report and Medical Directors Working Group

The Committee:

Urged that all actions related to and/or moves towards repositioning of elements within the Security Management System be done with an eye toward coherence with whole.

Noting the importance of treating MOSS as a risk management tool, endorsed the recommendations contained in the IASMN’s report that do not have financial implications, decided to establish an IASMN Co-Chair, with a two-year term, and requested to review for approval an updated version of the Network’s Terms of Reference.

Requested the Steering Committee for Safety and Security, working closely with UN/DSS, as Chair of IASMN, to come back to HLCM with a comprehensive report including all budgetary requests and proposals on corresponding financing mechanisms, in time to allow consideration and decision by HLCM, through the FB Network, before the deadline set for finalization of 2010-2011 budget submissions to the General Assembly. With respect to the proposals included in document CEB/2009/HLCM/17 from the UN Medical Directors Working Group, HLCM endorsed them and requested that its financial requirements be covered through savings from the cost-shared portion of the biennial budget of UN/DSS.

Urged greater transparency on UN/DSS budget management and decisions, including on performance reviews.

Urged UN/DSS to consult with the Steering Committee during the planned UN/DSS Management Review, and requested that the Management Review be discussed in the next HLCM, with an eye toward the participation modalities of HLCM members in the UN Security Management System and the corresponding cost-sharing arrangements.

Underscored the critical importance of moving ahead with decision making process on the above items, including the possibility of organizing an ad-hoc session of HLCM via video-conference at the most appropriate time before the 18th face-to-face session.