Background

In preparation for the implementation of the new Security Level System (SLS) as of 1 January 2011, a Task Force of the HR Network and of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS), with the participation of the ICSC, was established to examine the HR implications related to the operationalization of the new system.

Discussion

The HR Network spokesperson briefed the Committee on the status of this work, which is addressing the following areas: a) security evacuation/relocation; b) definition of non-family duty stations; c) hazard pay; and, d) updating the brochures on security related entitlements.

The conclusions of this work are expected at the end of October 2010, so that any required communication and training to organizations, field offices and staff members could take place in time for the SLS go-live date of 1 January 2011.

Concurrently with this effort and in response to a request by HLCM at its 19th session, the Department of Safety and Security produced two reports (CEB/2010/HLCM/18 and Add.1) on the changes in the decision making process with respect to the SLS, with the roles and responsibilities of all actors involved. The two documents emphasize that the decision making structure as currently in place under the security phase system would remain unchanged when the SLS will be fully implemented.

The USG/DSS further informed the Committee that considerable training activities on the new security level system had been conducted around the world, for governments, member states, staff and managers, and that a list of FAQs was currently been developed by UN/DSS to ensure an even greater understanding of the new system. He reiterated that the SLS is essentially a threat rating system that provides for an accurate way of determining threats. While one purpose of the SLS is to empower Designated Officials and Security Management Teams to better describe the threat and in turn conduct better security risks assessments and devise necessary counter measures, as well as determine the acceptable level of risk, UNDSS Headquarters will still act as the oversight body. It was emphasized that the determination of the SLS and the security risk assessment needed to be performed at the field level, as the best security information is available on the ground. By the end of 2010, it is expected that every single country/area will have a security level assigned to it.

Action

The Committee:

Took note of the progress report and of the issues identified by the HR Network Task Force and looked forward to receiving the final recommendations of the Task Force, to be reviewed and endorsed by the HR Network, by the end of October 2010.

Took note of the briefing by the Under-Secretary General, UNDSS and endorsed the documents entitled “Security Management Decision Making and the Security Level System (SLS)” and “Relocation and Evacuation Decision after the Introduction of the Security Level System” (CEB/2010/HLCM/18 and Add.1).