Portrait of Woman Peacekeeper, Liberia (UN Photo/Christopher Herwig)
Portrait of Woman Peacekeeper, Liberia (UN Photo/Christopher Herwig)

The Executive Group on Security (ESG) was established by the Chief Executives Board to facilitate the rapid decision making capacity of the Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security when an impasse, exigencies or life and limb are at stake preventing the ability of the Designated Official or the Security Management Team to address developing or critical events that require a timely security decision.

In addition to the USG/DSS, the EGS is comprised of Executive Heads of organizations of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) as follows: Chair of HLCM, WFP, UNDP, DPKO/DFS, OCHA, UNICEF, and up to two Executive Heads of UN organizations, ideally comprised of those with the largest operational footprint(s) and Offices away from Headquarters in the affected country.

The EGS has a responsibility to support the Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security in the discharge of his/her mandate related to the safety and security of all personnel employed by the organizations of the UN system and their recognized dependents, premises and assets.  EGS does not meet or act as an appellate body but may be called upon to serve or assist the Under-Secretary General to rapidly resolve stalemates regarding the security of UN personnel and premises when there is no consensus within the security management team on the course of action to be taken at the duty station.