The Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) and its three high level committees advance coordination and cooperation on a range of programmatic, management and operational issues facing UN system organizations. CEB agenda is developed in response to inter-governmental mandates, emerging issues and challenges faced by the UN system, in preparation and follow-up to international conferences and at the request of member states.
An over-arching theme for the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM), one of the three pillars of the CEB, is Management Efficiency. Through cooperation and coordination, members of the committee work towards creating a more robust and effective UN system that can deliver better results for those who need it most.
The initiative on the Harmonization of Business Practices was developed by the CEB’s High Level Committee on Management in response to the report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence, ‘Delivering as One’. It follows recommendations made for building a more effective, coherent and better-performing UN country presence and focuses on the management and coordination of UN operational activities.
The HLCM Strategic Plan reflects the collective vision of the HLCM membership and intends to leverage its professional talent and expertise to formulate and put forward proposals – several of which are far-reaching – and foster its role as a source of inspiration and a catalyst for action towards UN system-wide management reform.
At its 27th session, held in Venice in April 2014, the High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) agreed to establish a working group, to be chaired by the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security (USG, UNDSS), with a Co-Chair to be selected among other HLCM members, to undertake a comprehensive review of the issues raised in UNDSS’ paper titled, “Reconciling Duty of Care in the UN’s Operating Environment.”
In 2008 the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises Worldwide, led by Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, reviewed the safety conditions of UN system staff operating in challenging security environments.