Background

The Committee was provided with a progress report by the Deputy Security Coordinator, UNSECOORD in which it was confirmed that agencies were working more closely together on security matters than ever before.

Discussion

Significant progress was also reported in respect of training to enhance the security awareness and preparedness of staff.  In addition to the training programmes themselves, an interactive CD-ROM has been developed for use by all UN organizations. The essential message was that security was a shared responsibility. The importance of providing such training – and exposure to the CD-ROM – to staff in Headquarters and other non-field locations was emphasized most forcefully.  Security was no longer exclusively a “field issue”. Senior managers everywhere had to take full responsibility for their role in the management of staff security.

Action

The Committee noted that:

  • the implementation of the General Assembly resolution on the security and safety of UN personnel was proceeding smoothly ; at Headquarters the recruitment of additional staff was under way and expected to be completed by June 2002 ;
  • in the field, as at 1 March 2002, 70 field security officers were in place and candidates for another 30 positions were being interviewed.  In all, 100 applicants had been selected for interview.  Hence those successful in the interview but not selected for any of the 30 positions would be placed on the UNSECOORD security roster to be available for rapid assignment.  The recruitment and assignment process was also expected to be completed by June 2002.  A
  • Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with UNDP which would undertake the recruitment and administration of the Field Security Officers (FSO’s) on behalf of the UN system.
    a working group had met in January 2002 and discussed accountability on which a proposal would be forwarded to the Inter-Agency Security Management Network which would make recommendations thereon to HLCM at its next meeting.
  • the issue of air safety was becoming a matter of serious concern.  There were two components:  (i) situations where the UN system chartered aircraft and (ii) the use made of commercial aircraft by organizations ; in these instances, approaches based on cost considerations only and without reference to quality were no longer viable options.  The Inter-Agency Security Management Network would be considering proposals to establish common Minimum Air Safety and
  • Security Standards and the related issue of the numbers of the members of UN system staff (30) who can fly on one aircraft within the framework of the current malicious acts insurance policy.  Recommendations would be forwarded to HLCM at its next meeting.  The Committee took note of the willingness of ICAO to participate in providing assistance.

The Committee welcomed the progress made and looked forward to receiving recommendations from the Inter-Agency Security Management Network to be forwarded to CEB and the UN General Assembly as required.