Fostering safety, security, health and well-being of staff

The full set of priorities outlined in the past Strategic Plan was framed against a paramount principle: that the organizations of the UN System will preserve and foster the safety and security of their staff – while remaining committed to respond to the ever increasing demand for their services, despite the deteriorating conditions in which those services are being delivered. CEB strongly re-affirmed this notion in its Common Principle n. 11: “The organizations of the UN System will preserve and foster the health and well-being as well as safety and security of their staff – while remaining committed to stay and respond to the ever-increasing demand for their services, despite the often deteriorating conditions in which those services are being delivered”.
HLCM is committing with a renewed sense of urgency and a strong sense of resolve and determination to build on the experience of increasing tragic events to do everything in the power of management to strengthen organizations, each in their own way, to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable, people-centered world.

Never before has the UN remained operational in such a large and sustained manner in areas or countries of armed conflict. Where crises involving the safety and security of UN staff were once isolated events, the UN now routinely faces multiple crises simultaneously across the globe. This duty imperative has been further magnified by the adoption of the “Rights up Front” approach. Formerly, as violence increased in a country, human rights workers could have been among the first to leave. Now they are among the first deployed to a crisis.

HLCM is committing with a renewed sense of urgency and a strong sense of resolve and determination to build on the experience of increasing tragic events to do everything in the power of management to strengthen organizations, each in their own way, to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable, people-centered world.

During the next period the Committee will develop a prioritized action plan on “Reconciling the duty of care for UN personnel while operating in high risk environments”, which aims to improve policies, operational tools and administrative procedures to enable UN operations in high risk situations, while meeting the duty of care for staff. The new Duty of Care provisions will complement the programmatic ones contained in the newly revised Programme Criticality framework, as recently re-affirmed by the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee.

Furthermore, while the situation in hardship duty stations is steadily becoming more challenging, a new reality of threats in “non-traditional high-risk locations” has to be integrated in the provisions of the UN Security Management System.

This work will be conducted in close collaboration with the other CEB pillars, and will include renewed consideration of the existing funding mechanisms for security, to assess whether they remain adequate, flexible and responsive for enabling security support to UN operations.Never before has the UN remained operational in such a large and sustained manner in areas or countries of armed conflict. Where crises involving the safety and security of UN staff were once isolated events, the UN now routinely faces multiple crises simultaneously across the globe. This duty imperative has been further magnified by the adoption of the “Rights up Front” approach. Formerly, as violence increased in a country, human rights workers could have been among the first to leave. Now they are among the first deployed to a crisis.

HLCM is committing with a renewed sense of urgency and a strong sense of resolve and determination to build on the experience of increasing tragic events to do everything in the power of management to strengthen organizations, each in their own way, to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable, people-centered world.

During the next period the Committee will develop a prioritized action plan on “Reconciling the duty of care for UN personnel while operating in high risk environments”, which aims to improve policies, operational tools and administrative procedures to enable UN operations in high risk situations, while meeting the duty of care for staff. The new Duty of Care provisions will complement the programmatic ones contained in the newly revised Programme Criticality framework, as recently re-affirmed by the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee.

Furthermore, while the situation in hardship duty stations is steadily becoming more challenging, a new reality of threats in “non-traditional high-risk locations” has to be integrated in the provisions of the UN Security Management System.

This work will be conducted in close collaboration with the other CEB pillars, and will include renewed consideration of the existing funding mechanisms for security, to assess whether they remain adequate, flexible and responsive for enabling security support to UN operations.

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 13/04/2012
Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 20/03/2012

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Decision posted: 13/04/2012

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 20/03/2012
Duty of Care, High-Level Committee on Management - posted: 26/10/2017
2005 world summit outcome: Responsibility to protect, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 29/08/2012
Humanitarian, security and social stability, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 10/07/2012
Improving United Nations business models, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 27/05/2014

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