CEB MECHANISM:

Finance and Budget Network

Co-chairs

Mr. Nick Jeffreys, Comptroller, WHO and Mr. Darshak Shah, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Director Bureau for Management Services and Chief Finance Officer, UNDP

Meeting frequency

Twice a year

The network brings together senior financial managers from across the UN system to provide strategic direction on finance and budget issues of common concern.  A key component of the work of the network is the development of a comprehensive UN system-wide financial database which integrates existing databases and eliminates data collection overlaps. The network is supported by several working groups.

Working Group on Common Treasury

This WG targets an opportunity to realize savings and allow for economies of scale across the UN system through a combination of treasury services. The FB network at its meeting of July 2008 endorsed the launch of a "Feasibility Study for Putting in Place Common UN Treasury Services and established a working group on “Common Treasury Services”. Lead agencies: IFAD and WHO.

Task Force on Accounting Standards

The Task Force on Accounting Standards (Task Force) was established by the High Level Committee on Management of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination of the United Nations system in 2002 and in 2005 was mandated to provide support, coordination and leadership to the implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in the United Nations (UN) system.

Working Group on UN SWAP Gender Marker Implementation

The Working Group on Gender Markers was formed following a presentation on the “UN-SWAP: Tracking resources for gender equality and the empowerment of women” made at the Finance and Budget Network meeting of June 2014.  The purpose of the Working Group is to support the implementation of UN-SWAP Performance Indicators 8 (resource tracking/expenditure) and 9 (resource allocation/budget) through increasing the use by UN entities of gender equality markers that apply the UNDG/CEB endorsed standards and principles to produce comparable data.

Working Group on Capital Budgeting

This WG is preparing a common logical framework for capital budgeting for UN System organisations to allow for the homogenisation of capital budgeting practices. Lead agency: UNDP. This activity is supported by the following agencies: IAEA, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, IFAD, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNHCR and UN/PPBD. A preliminary conceptual framework was endorsed by the FB Network in February 2009 (CEB/2009/HLCM/FB/2).

Working Group on Cost Recovery

The main objective of this UNDG-HLCM WG is to improve the level of consistency and harmonization across the UN system in relation to the practices and procedures governing the attribution of costs (with a focus on administrative and support costs), related to extra-budgetary funded activities. Co-chairs: Mr. Ashok Nigam, UNDG and Ms. Yolande Valle, UNESCO.

Working Group on Cost Recovery Policy

The main objective of this UNDG-HLCM WG is to improve the level of consistency and harmonization across the UN system in relation to the practices and procedures governing the attribution of costs (with a focus on administrative and support costs), related to extra-budgetary funded activities. Co-chairs: Mr. Ashok Nigam, UNDG and Ms. Yolande Valle, UNESCO.

Working Group on Long Term Care

The HR Network WG on Long-Term Care completed a draft document which has been shared with the FB Network. The two Networks would examine the issue with the aim to provide long-term care insurance coverage as part of the overall social insurance arrangements for staff. Careful consideration of the financial implications of this provision is necessary, especially with regards to the IPSAS requirement on disclosure of accrued liabilities.

Working Group on Accommodation and Air Travel Standards

The HR and FB Networks are aiming to adopt a common policy on accommodation and air travel standards in response to a call from the General Assembly. Recommendations will build on those of ICSC, JIU and Medical Doctors reports on this matter as well as on comparative analysis of standards applicable in Member States and in other international organisations, supported by analysis of the financial implications.

Working Group on Safety and Security Costs

This WG is reviewing safety and security costs, the inclusion of the shared UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) costs in programme costs and the allocation of DSS costs amongst participating agencies. The WG had its latest meeting on 30 March 2010 to launch its main activities. The objectives and approach of the WG were presented in the February 2010 FB Network meeting. Lead agency: WFP.

Working Group on Appendix D

Joint FB/HR Networks WG reviews the funding mechanism and administration procedures for Appendix D provisions in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the performance of official duties. Appendix-D type entitlements are analysed with regards to entitlements linked to the regular medical insurance scheme to ensure consistency on eligibility, premium and total compensation as well as the consequent accrued liabilities. Lead agency: UN Secretariat.

Working Group on Harmonized Financial Regulations and Rules

Under the mandate of UNDG to work towards greater harmonization of core services, the Controllers of the four UNDG Executive Committee Agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP) and the UN agreed to develop one common set of Financial Regulations and Rules (FRRs). Lead agency: UNFPA. The organizations involved in the WG finalized harmonized document during 2010. The Harmonized Financial Regulations and Rules are now available for reference to the FB Network.

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