Harmonization and simplification of business practices

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence, the United Nations system is encouraged to continue its efforts to harmonize and simplify business practices through common strategies and operations with a view to generate cost savings and reduce administrative and procedural burdens. The harmonization and simplification of business practices continued to be a key priority of the Board during the reporting period.

International Public Sector Accounting Standards

The United Nations system is increasingly using International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) as an instrument to improve the quality of financial reporting, thereby increasing transparency and accountability. Twenty-four organizations of the United Nations system are now implementing IPSAS (with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS being the latest implementing organization). Thirteen organizations, with adoption dates ranging from 2012 to 2014, are currently in the process of IPSAS implementation.

Safety and security of staff

CEB attaches highest importance to the issue of staff safety and security. Through the High-level Committee on Management and under the leadership of the Department of Safety and Security of the United Nations Secretariat, CEB has continued to make consistent progress on issues relating to staff safety and security with the active engagement by all members of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network. As of 1 January 2011, the new security level system has been operational.