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Conclusions of the Twenty-Fifth Session of the High Level Committee on Management (Rome, 7-8 March 2013). Issues discussed included: HLCM Strategic Plan and Working Modalities; Review of the Common System Compensation Package, Improved Efficiency and Cost Control Measures; Big Data; Environmental Sustainability Management in the UN System; Auditing as One; Programme Criticality Framework.


Action on the HLCM Strategic Plan and Working Modalities

Approved the Strategic Plan 2013-2016, inclusive of revised working modalities, as presented in document CEB/2013/HLCM/2 (annexed to the present report) for submission to CEB at its first regular session of 2013.

Endorsed the structure and contents of the draft Results Framework as presented in document CEB/2013/HLCM/2/Add.1, and agreed that a revised version of the Framework, including responsibilities and timelines, and incorporating comments and suggestions put forward during the discussion, would be finalized and approved electronically by end of April 2013. The Committee further agreed that the Results Framework would be updated regularly on the basis of emerging priorities and new mandates.

Action on the ICSC Review of the Common System Compensation Package

Considered that the review of the compensation package of the staff of the UN common system presented a strategic opportunity to support organizations to attract, retain and deploy staff to fulfil mandates most effectively in the changing international context

Endorsed the principles set by the HR Network to inform the review, as follows:

Action on Improved Efficiency and Cost Control Measures

Took note of the report on actions undertaken by the UN system on efficiency and cost control measures;

Encouraged organizations to replicate as many of the initiatives reported as possible, where they fit with their operational model;

Requested organizations to report on implementation of additional initiatives again at the HLCM Spring 2014 session.

Action on Environmental Sustainability Management in the UN System

Committed to the development and implementation of environmental sustainability management systems in each organization, through a gradual, voluntary and flexible process as described in the ‘Strategic plan for environmental sustainability management in the UN system’, focusing on low-investment and high-return initiatives, and through mainstreaming of EMS in the programming and planning processes and increased coordination on this subject among the relevant HLCM networks.  As part of the EMS approach, HLCM should focus on making the concept of total cost of ownership fully integrated into procurement rules and practices.

Requested UNEP to continue their work of coordination, technical support and reporting, noting the system-wide benefits of efficiencies, knowledge and experience sharing, and mutual support, and invited UNEP to report to the HLCM on collective achievements and forward planning on behalf of the EMG.

Action on Auditing as One / Joint Delivering as One Audit

Took note with appreciation of the briefing on joint internal audits and welcomed the offer by UN-RIAS to provide its professional support to the implementation of the relevant areas of the HLCM Strategic Plan, as well as its commitment to further consider enhancing its joint audit approach for Delivering as One programmes, for Multi-Donor Trust Funds and joint programmes.

Action on the Programme Criticality Framework

(Decisions to be finalized following an electronic review by the Committee to be completed by the end of March 2013):

Approves the revised Programme Criticality Framework, including the establishment of a Programme Criticality Steering Committee (PCSC);

Approves a continued guided roll-out of the PC framework, under current arrangements,  in priority countries up until June 2014, at which time the need for an independent assessment of PC should be determined;

Tasks the PCSC to recommend a longer term institutional solution for the coordination of PC and providing technical support to the field by June 2014 latest.