Background

UN General Assembly resolutions 54/192 of 17 December 1999, 54/249 and 54/250 of 23 December 1999 by which the Assembly recognized the need to review the existing safety and security arrangements for UN personnel and requested the Secretary-General to propose measures for their improvement.

The open debate at the UN Security Council in February 2000 at which inter alia the Security Council expressed its grave concern at continued attacks against UN personnel.

ACC’s decision at its first regular session in 2000 by which, inter alia, it “noted with satisfaction actions under way, both at Headquarters and at field levels, to enhance the security and safety of United Nations system personnel through inter-agency collaboration, and the efforts in this regard of UNSECOORD as overall coordinator of the United Nations system” and “called for the expeditious implementation of priority security measures, including those relating to field security officers, training and communications”.

UN document A/55/494, 18 October 2000, Report of the Secretary-General (submitted after consultations with members of ACC) on Safety and Security of United Nations personnel which contains a comprehensive description of the existing security management structure and proposals to enhance the safety and security of United Nations system personnel.

ACC’s statement at its second regular session of 2000 by which inter alia it: “Strongly support(ed) the measures being proposed by the Secretary-General to Member States in his report on the security of staff (A/55/494) with a view to achieving a more stable and secure system of funding security expenditures and ensuring that adequate levels of staff are available at both the Headquarters and field levels to manage security, and urg(ed) Members States to provide the necessary financial resources within the United Nations budget and those of all United Nations organizations.”

UN General Assembly resolution 55/238 (II) of 23 December 2000 which inter alia requested the Secretary-General “to develop in coordination with the Executive Heads of the UN Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes, an effective mechanism for cost-sharing arrangements” for the proposals set forth in document A/55/494.

UN document A/55/658 of 1 December 2000 in which ACABQ reviewing the Secretary-General’s proposals in A/55/494, queried the establishment of an Assistant Secretary-General post for Security and reported that it was strongly against eliminating cost-sharing among the organizations that participate in and use the services of the UN security management system.
Letter from UN Secretary-General to Executive Heads dated 20 February 2001 in which the Secretary-General reports on the General Assembly’s request to develop an effective cost-sharing mechanism.

Outcome of the Task Force Meeting on Security and Safety of UN Personnel held in New York, 9 and 10 July 2001 (ACC/2001/HLCM/5) at which a number of principles related to the development of a new cost-sharing formula were elucidated.

Discussion

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

Action

Further to the agreements reached at its Task Force session in July, in particular with regard to the principles underpinning a new cost-sharing formula and using as a basis the results of the 18 July 2001 census, the Committee decided:

(a) To adopt a cost-sharing formula for the biennium 2002-2003 in respect of a total budget of $53.2 million as follows:

  1. Executive direction and management costs ($4.2 million) would be borne by the United Nations;
  2. Field-related expenditures would be cost-shared among all agencies on the basis of the following formula:
  • Organizations with less than 0.5 per cent of the total field workforce would pay a flat rate of $25,000 for the biennium;
  • Organizations with 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent of the total field workforce would pay a flat rate of $100,000 for the biennium;
  • The remaining costs would be borne by all other organizations1 in proportion to their overall field presence (equivalent to scenario 1 in the document before the Committee);

(b) To allow a one-week period ending 17 September 2001 for the organizations to propose final adjustments to their census figures, following which the census data and the final breakdown of costs would be compiled. This final table is contained in annex II;
(c) To carry out a census in July 2003 in order to repeat the cost-sharing exercise in respect of the biennium 2004-2005.