Background

The Committee considered and endorsed the IASMN’s report of its May 2004 meeting and approved its key recommendations related to security threat and risk assessments, minimum operating security standards, aviation safety, medical emergencies involving mass casualties, security training and accountability.

Discussion

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

Action

The Committee:

Security Risk Management

  • Endorsed the Risk Management model and recommended its immediate adoption as a tool to enable enhanced security management at the local, regional and headquarters levels.
  • Agreed that each Designated Official and Security Management Team should conduct a threat and risk assessment, and identify areas of vulnerability in order to determine the measures necessary to mitigate risk. (The threat and risk assessment was an ongoing cyclical exercise, which should be maintained, reviewed and updated on a regular basis.)
  • Agreed that threat assessments, put together by a country team, should be reviewed by a dedicated unit within UNSECOORD to ensure a consistent approach. 

Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS)

  • Endorsed the revised MOSS policy document as the new baseline standard for security at the field level.  These baseline standards, combined with the outcome of the threat and risk assessment for the specific local condition should be incorporated into a location-specific MOSS.
  • Agreed that compliance evaluations of and assistance with the implementation of MOSS should be undertaken by a dedicated unit within UNSECOORD.

Aviation Safety

  • Endorsed the main recommendations related to aviation safety, including the need to develop a common aviation safety policy, drawing on the proposed Air Safety Code of Conduct.
  • Recommended that Organizations, not having a flight safety rating procedure, utilize the Flightsafe rating system on a restricted basis until it was evaluated and determined whether it will remain the common system.
  • Affirmed that political and financial considerations should not be the overriding factors to determine whether a given airline was utilized by the United Nations system.

Coping with Mass Casualties

  • Emphasized the shared responsibility of security and medical personnel in crisis management involving mass casualties, and recommended enhancing cooperation, coordination and joint training between these two areas.
  • Supported the UNMERT proposed by the Medical Directors and recommended its implementation without delay.
  • Commended the study undertaken by WFP, FAO and ICTY, and recommended that a manual, including an operational plan for dealing with mass casualties, be developed for promulgation to the field.

Training

  • Reiterated that security training was mandatory for all staff members depending on their individual specific needs (field or HQ-based) and called on each organization to ensure adherence.
  • Agreed that staff should refresh their CD-ROM security training every three years on a mandatory basis.
  • Agreed that all Designated Officials must undergo mandatory security briefing/training prior to assuming their assignment.