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CEB: Improving transparency and accountability 23.02.2017

Continuing the direct and substantive dialogue between CEB and Member States, as called for by General Assembly resolutions 64/289 and 69/17, to enhance and strengthen the Board’s transparency and accountability, remained a priority in 2014. Three formal briefings on the work of CEB by the CEB Secretariat to the Economic and Social Council were held in June, July and December 2014.

CEB: Improving and innovating administrative and management functions of the United Nations system 23.02.2017

The High-level Committee on Management strategic plan for 2013-2016 identifies harmonization and simplification of business practices as a core activity. In this context, the plan focuses on common and shared services, including improved common procurement practices, and other initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system.

CEB: Pursuing United Nations system oversight 23.02.2017

CEB member organizations continued to participate actively in the review and follow-up of specific recommendations emanating from oversight reports by the Joint Inspection Unit, the Board of Auditors and the Office of Internal Oversight Services. Priority attention is given to maintaining the highest levels of transparency and accountability, strict compliance with established rules and regulations and enhancing the capacity of the United Nations system for oversight and audit.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

The United Nations system is unique in the range and coverage of its structures and mandates and in the diversity of the means of action that are at its disposal. These characteristics can be a unique source of strength in addressing the increasingly complex and interrelated challenges that the international community is facing.

CEB: Harmonization of United Nations system business practices 23.02.2017

Extensive discussions had taken place within the High-level Committee on Management on harmonization and reform of business practices. The approach taken to the reform of business practices in the United Nations system was to be driven by programme priorities rather than by bureaucratic considerations and would be based on clear business logic and demonstrated system-wide benefits, concentrating on areas of harmonization and reform within the purview of executive heads.

CEB: Management issues 23.02.2017

CEB continued its consideration of management issues in a more integrated and concrete fashion over the 2006/07 period with the support of its High-level Committee on Management. The Committee and its networks had recently given considerable time and attention to the subject of management harmonization and reform within the competence of United Nations system executive heads, with the aim of sharing information, avoiding duplication of efforts, identifying successful experiences as benchmarks and setting common directions for future work.

CEB: Business practices 23.02.2017

In line with the increasing demands from the international community for efficient and coherent United Nations system operations, the Secretary-General has made the pursuit of effective, transparent and harmonized administrative and management procedures one of his priorities since taking office. The Board’s endorsement of the High-Level Committee on Management initiative to develop a plan of action for the harmonization of business practices in the United Nations system is a concrete step in the advancement of that objective.

CEB: Conclusions 23.02.2017

The period 2007/08 has seen significant progress in enhancing the role and functioning of the CEB as an effective coordinating mechanism of the United Nations system. The review of the CEB that was completed during the reporting period served to consolidate the key coordination functions of operational activities at the country level, that is, the harmonization of management functions and programme coordination under an integrated structure, enabling a comprehensive approach towards United Nations system-wide coordination.

CEB: Management issues 23.02.2017

The Board’s consideration of management issues during the period 2007/08 focused on enhanced coherence in the working modalities of member organizations. Inspired by the ongoing deliberations on system-wide coherence, which highlighted the key role that improved business practices could play in the United Nations system’s ability to deliver better results, a plan of action for the harmonization of business practices in the United Nations system was elaborated under the auspices of the High-Level Committee on Management.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

The 2007/08 reporting period marked several important events that have contributed to the continuous efforts of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) to further coordination and cooperation among United Nations system organizations on a wide range of programme, management and operational issues. The increasingly vocal calls from the international community for a more effective, coherent and better performing United Nations elevated the Chief Executives Board to new prominence in intergovernmental debates.

CEB: Business practices 23.02.2017

The Board has been active in developing a plan of action for the harmonization of business practices in the United Nations system. The plan proposes initiatives in a number of key areas, covering all of the major management functions of organizations of the United Nations system (i.e., human resources, information communications and technology, finance and budget, and procurement). Its scope is limited to the functions and processes for which responsibility rests within the purview of the authority delegated to the executive heads by their respective governing bodies.

CEB: Challenges facing the United Nations system in 2008/09 23.02.2017

Global financial and economic crisis; Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017); Climate change; United Nations development system working together; Working together in crisis and post-crisis countries; Security and safety of staff; Business practices

CEB: Harmonization of business practices 23.02.2017

CEB continues to lead the efforts towards the simplification and harmonization of business practices. The endorsement in the third quarter of 2007 of the High-level Committee on Management plan of action for the harmonization of business practices in the United Nations system, and the launch in October 2008 of a campaign to raise funds to implement the Plan marked a significant shift from ad hoc to systematic pursuit of coherent working modalities in the United Nations system.

CEB: Major challenges addressed by the United Nations system in 2009/10 23.02.2017

United Nations system response to the global financial and economic crisis; Supporting progress towards the Millennium Development Goals; Climate change; Security and safety of staff; Harmonization of business practices; United Nations development system working together; Working together in crisis, post-crisis and transition countries;

CEB: Human resources 23.02.2017

The Human Resources Network completed two projects focusing on harmonization that are funded by the High-level Committee on Management Plan of Action. The first, a comparative analysis and review of the human resource management policies and practices of the organizations of the United Nations system, contains recommendations on recruitment and selection processes, performance management and job grading and classification.

CEB: Country-level business practice harmonization 23.02.2017

To more fully identify bottlenecks in business practices at the country level, the Chairs of the United Nations Development Group and the High-level Committee on Management commissioned a high-level joint mission during the second quarter of 2010.

CEB: Harmonization of business practices 23.02.2017

The General Assembly, in its resolution 64/289, on system-wide coherence, encouraged the United Nations system to continue its efforts to harmonize business practices. CEB supported system-wide efforts to achieve significant progress in that area during the reporting period, both at the country and headquarters levels.

CEB: Management issues 23.02.2017

Harmonization of business practices; Security and safety of staff; International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

During 2010/11, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) intensified its efforts to align the strengths and expertise of its member organizations to respond to the mandates of Member States in a coordinated and effective manner. The adoption by the General Assembly of its resolution 64/289 has been an important directive for the United Nations system in further strengthening the coherence of its system-wide efforts, as detailed in the present report.

CEB: Harmonization and simplification of business practices at the global level 23.02.2017

As the work of the High-level Committee in Management more broadly focuses on corporate management policies, the Committee, through its plan of action for the harmonization of business practices, is funding several initiatives with global impact.

CEB: Harmonization and simplification of business practice at the country level 23.02.2017

CEB, in particular through its plan of action for the harmonization of business practices, has increased its focus on country level harmonization in response to findings of the high-level joint mission conducted in 2010 by the United Nations Development Group and the High-level Committee on Management to identify bottlenecks in business practices at the country level. The annual report of CEB for 2010/11 (E/2011/104) provided information on the outcome of the mission.

CEB: Harmonization and simplification of business practices 23.02.2017

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.

CEB: Management issues 23.02.2017

Harmonization and simplification of business practices; International Public Sector Accounting Standards; Safety and security of staff.

CEB: Harmonization and simplification of business practices 23.02.2017

The harmonization and simplification of business practices in the United Nations system continued to be a key priority of the Board during the reporting period, pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 62/208, 63/311 and 64/289 as well as Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/7, in which the United Nations system was encouraged to continue its efforts to harmonize and simplify business practices through common strategies and operations with a view to generating cost savings and reducing administrative and procedural burdens.

CEB: Advancing system-wide coordination on management issues 23.02.2017

Harmonization and simplification of business practices; International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

CEB: Conclusions 23.02.2017

Effective and coordinated action across programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates is essential in order for the United Nations system to deliver results that address global challenges facing the international community. In 2013, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, facilitated the United Nations system efforts to work together in a coherent and coordinated manner.

CEB: Improving transparency and accountability 23.02.2017

In response to paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 68/20 and paragraph 232 of the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on its fifty-third session (A/68/16), CEB made further efforts to interact and communicate with Member States through a series of formal and informal exchanges with Member States organized in the course of the year.

CEB: Improving United Nations business models 23.02.2017

The High-level Committee on Management strategic plan for 2013-2016 identifies harmonization and simplification of business practices as a core activity of the Committee. In this context, the plan focuses on common and shared services, improved common procurement practices, and other initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

Pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2008 (LX), the present report provides an overview of the annual work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

CEB: Conclusions 23.02.2017

Effective and coordinated action across programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates is essential in order for the United Nations system to deliver results that address global challenges facing the international community. In 2013, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, facilitated the United Nations system efforts to work together in a coherent and coordinated manner.

CEB: Improving United Nations business models 23.02.2017

The High-level Committee on Management strategic plan for 2013-2016 identifies harmonization and simplification of business practices as a core activity of the Committee. In this context, the plan focuses on common and shared services, improved common procurement practices, and other initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

Pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2008 (LX), the present report provides an overview of the annual work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

HLCM: Measuring & communicating results 15.06.2016

The global communities the UN system serves have become more sophisticated in their information needs and the organizations’ information content and the means by which it is delivered often seem inadequate and out]dated to younger and other intended mass audiences.

HLCM: HLCM Strategic Plan 17.05.2017

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.

PN: Procurement Process and Practice Harmonization in Support of Field Offices 23.02.2017

The Procurement Network project on harmonizing procurement in the field came a long way towards defining the changes needed in policies and procedures to support teams carrying out procurement jointly.  The project, designed to be completed towards the end of 2012 finalized much of the preparatory work in 2011 and this is reflected in the donor report. A second phase to enhance implementation of this project has been approved for funding

HLCM: Harmonizing Banking Services Across the UN System 23.02.2017

Following up on recommendations from the Feasibility study of on the harmonization of treasury services, the Treasury Services Working Group has embarked upon a project to consolidate banking services in the UN system.  The project aims at negotiating joing contracts with major banks to capaitalize on the combined strenght of the UN system.  In addition to global contracts, the project will also focus on large volume duty stations with the eventual aim of global coverage.

HLCM: Vendor Registration 23.02.2017

This project led by the Procurement Network aims to simplify the registration process for UN Procurement in order to increase the number of vendors to compete for UN procurement contracts.  The project uses the UN Global Marketplace as its platform.

FBN: UN System Financial Statistics 23.04.2017

Financial Statistics is a collection of annual data from CEB member organizations on their revenue and expenditures. Using this data, revenues broken down by assessed and voluntary contributions can be shown. Also, expenditures at the country, regional and global levels and broken down by expenditure categories: development assistance, humanitarian assistance, technical cooperation, peacekeeping and normative activities.

FBN: Common Treasury Services 15.06.2016

In 2008 the HLCM Finance and Budget network endorsed a Feasibility Study as a first step towards greater harmonization in treasury services across the UN system. It is expected that common treasury services can be an opportunity for savings in the areas of banking services, payments, foreign exchange and investments. The feasibility study was funded by the HBP. The project consisted of two components, the first component focusing on the development of a web-based knowledge-sharing platform for UN treasurers (Treasury Community of Practice – TCOP) and the second component a Feasibility Study on common treasury services was carried out by a consulting firm.

HLCM: Support to UN Country Teams 15.06.2016

The aim of the project was to provide support to UNCTs to use and integrate operations concepts into the programming process in the field. This was found necessary during the joint mission of the HLCM and UNDG to identify bottlenecks to collaboration in the area of operations in Delivering as One. A second phase to enhance implementation of this project has been approved for funding

HLCM: UNSSC Training 15.06.2016

From October 2011 to February 2012, the United Nations System Staff College held three workshops, two in Turin, Italy and one in Bangkok, Thailand, designed for senior operations staff. These workshops built on the experiences of the 2011 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) rollout where operations management was for the first time incorporated.

HLCM: Business Practices Initiatives 15.06.2016

Business Practices address operational matters that can be harmonized and strengthened at the system-wide, inter-agency level in the fields of human resources, finance and budget, information and communication technology and procurement. This section contains reports for each project in the four thematic areas of ICT, Procurement, Finance and Budget and Human Resources.

HLCM: Harmonization of Business Practices 27.09.2016

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.

CEB: Agenda 27.06.2013

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.

Documents tagged with Harmonization of Business Practices

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CEB: Annual Overview Report (July 2015, New York) 23.02.2017

The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2014.

Document reference: E/2015/71
HLCM: HBP Report 2013 23.02.2017
Document reference: CEB/2014/HLCM-HBP
CEB: First Regular Session Report (May 2014, Rome) 23.02.2017

This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees; HLCM, HLCP and UNDG; Briefing on UN-Water; Issues of system-wide concern: financing for sustainable development; Other matters (United Nations Environment Assembly; Climate Summit)

Document reference: CEB/2014/1
CEB: Annual Overview Report (July 2013, New York) 23.02.2017

The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2012.

Document reference: E/2014/69
CEB: Annual Overview Report (May 2014, New York) 15.06.2016

The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2013.

Document reference: E/2014/69
HLCM: HLCM Vice Chair Ms Jan Beagle briefing to ECOSOC on HLCM’s work on Harmonization and Simplification of Business Practices in the UN system (April 2014) 23.02.2017

Informal briefing and exchange of views with ECOSOC on HLCM’s work on Harmonization and Simplification of Business Practices in the UN system.

HLCM: HLCM Strategic Plan 2013-2016 12.05.2017

The HLCM Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 aims to contribute to the commitment of Member States to enhance the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and credibility of the United Nations System through the re-design and implementation of administrative and management functions – so as to make the System organizations more adaptive and agile in delivering their programmatic mandates.

Document reference: CEB/2013/HLCM/2
HLCM: Addressing Country-Level Bottlenecks in Business Practices 23.02.2017

In 2010, the UNDG and the HLCM carried out joint missions to identify obstacles to collaboration on business practices in the field,  The mission report provided the basis for the UNDG and the HLCM to identify priority actions.  Also, many HBP projects are designed to address these findings.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM-UNDG/1
HLCM: The United Nations we want- our commitment to the way forward 23.02.2017

This document was the outcome of the final inter-governmental review of the Delivering as One pilots.  It contains a number of recommendations for the UN development system as it moves forward with delivering as one, including recommendations on the harmonization of business practices.

HLCM: Quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system 23.02.2017

The Quadriennial Comprehensive Policy Review is a General Assembly resolution from December 2012 that provides the direction for the UN development system for the next four years.  In paragraphs 152-163 business practices are discussed in detail and provides guidance for the HLCM.  Many HBP projects support the outcomes expected in the QCPR.

Document reference: A/RES/67/226
HLCM: Key Achievements of the HBP in 2011-2012 23.02.2017

The third donor report covering the Harmonization of Business Practices Plan of Action (HBP) for 2012 is organized around the HBP Project Proposal's objectives: Achieve Efficiency Gains, Adopt International Standards and Replicate Best Practices, Enhance Trasparency and Accountability, Enhance Public Trust and Engage Stakeholders, Facilitate Knowledge and Resource Sharing and Faciliate Effective INter-agency Coordination.  The report shows how the different projects under the HBP support the achievement of these objectives.

Document reference: CEB/2013/HLCM-HBP/1
HLCM: A proposal by the UN System Staff College to the HLCM 23.02.2017

This proposal requests funding support to design and deliver a knowledge and skills training and planning workshop aimed at building the capacity of the Operations Management Teams (OMTs) and enhancing linkages between Programmes and Operations to be able to support UN Country Teams deliver better programmatic results and achieve greater operational efficiency.

HLCM: Harmonization of Vacancy Advertisements and Selection Process at Country Level 23.02.2017

The project responds to concerns raised by Delivering as One pilot countries on human resource management related to national staff.  Under the leadership of UNESCO, the project seeks to develop standarize vacancy annoncements, harmonized recruitment criteria and common selection tools and mechanisms.  It will contribute to streamline the sourcing and hiring process of staff locally and increase collaboration among UN agencies at the country level.  Uruguay and Vietnam have been selected as pilot countries.

HLCM: UN Treasury Harmonization Project - Action Plan 23.02.2017

The objective of this effort is to adopt a coordinated approach to both the procurement and administration of banking services and relations for all of the Participating UN Agencies, both on a regional and country-by-country basis.  We recognize that the UN System’s entities have varying needs and requirements depending upon the type of operations and countries involved.  We can broadly categorize the banking requirements into the following categories.

PN: HLCM Procurement Network Procurement Process and Practice Harmonization in Support of Field Operations, Phase II 23.02.2017

This Project proposal has been prepared by the HLCM Procurement Network (PN) Working Group on Harmonization1 for consideration by HLCM's Harmonisation of Business Processes (HBP) Steering Committee.

The HLCM Procurement Network endorsed this proposal in May 2012.

PN: Concept Paper for Projects for the HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017

This project led by the Procurement Network aims to simplify the registration process for UN Procurement in order to increase the number of vendors to compete for UN procurement contracts.  The project uses the UN Global Marketplace as its platform.

UNDG: Report of UNDG meeting (October 2009, New York) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed at the session: Guidance Note on Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability; Guidelines for Harmonized UN Procurement at the Country Level; Report on the implementation of the Expanded Delivering as One Funding Window; UNDG MDG Task Force.

UNDG: Report of UNDG meeting (May 2010, New York) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed at the session: UNDG strategic priorities; High-level UNDG-MDG Task Force; MDG acceleration framework; Delivering as One; Harmonization of UN efforts at the country level.

UNDG: Report of HLCM-UNDG joint session (September 2010) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed at the session: The high level HLCM-UNDG mission; UN Country Teams; Harmonization of business practices; UNDAF.

HLCM: Harmonization of Business Practices Key Achievements (2011-2012) 23.02.2017

The HBP Plan of Action Trust fund was established after the approval of the HLCM in the fall of 2008. After a first donation by New Zealand in December that year donations were received from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. A total of US$ 10.25 was received. To date, a total of approximately US$ 7.1 Million has been allocated to different projects. The projects that are finalized, on-going or in the pipeline all fall into one or more of these categories. This report is organized along these objectives with one “flagship” project listed first under each of the objectives.

Document reference: CEB/2013/HLCM-HBP/1
HLCP: Report of 2nd Session (February 1994, Geneva) 23.02.2017
Document reference: ACC/1994/3
PN: Report of 12th Session (September 2012, Montreal) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Twelfth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Montreal, 19-21 September 2012. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professional Development, Supplier Access, Sustainable Procurement and Vendor Management as well as status reports on the projects on Vendor Eligibility, Collaborative Procurement, Harmonisation and the UN Global Marketplace Vendor Registration Reform.

Document reference: Report of 10th Session (September 2011, Rome)
HRN: Report of the 25th Session (June 2012, UNESCO) 23.02.2017

Discussions on personnel working for UN common system organizations on non-staff contracts; WG on review of the ICSC HR Framework; HBP HR projects; Inter-Agency Mobility; Support to staff and families after incident or death; Language proficiency examinations; UN Cares; Update from Field Group; Report on Performance Appraisal.

Document reference: CEB/2012/HLCM/HR/28
HRN: Report of the 24th Session (February 2012, UNOG) 23.02.2017

Outcome/follow-up to HR Directors’ Strategic Meeting; Payment of fees by organizations with observer status at the HR Network; Statement on cost-sharing principles; Consolidation of the CEB Secretariat; Pay freeze; Dual Career and Staff Mobility Programme; Work-Life Balance; Harmonization of Business Practices; Security Staff Screening and Vetting Policy; UN Stress Counsellors; HR Network Workplan; Update from Field Group; UN Cares; Inter-organization Mobility Agreement; ICSC issues such as: Education grant; UN/US net remuneration margin: review of the methodology; Resolutions and decisions

Document reference: CEB/2012/HLCM/HR/13
CEB: First Regular Session Report (April 2012, Geneva) 23.02.2017

This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM, HLCP, UNDG); System-wide action plan on gender equality and the empowerment of women; Review of the Board’s role and functioning (second phase); Final preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Institutional Integrity Initiative; Nomination of a new Chair of the High-level Committee on Management.

Document reference: CEB/2012/1
CEB: Annual Overview Report (July 2012, New York) 15.06.2016

This report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) covering the period 2011/12.

Document reference: E/2012/67
PN: Vendor Eligibility Project 15.06.2016

The objective of the project is to develop a model administrative procedure for use by UN organizations that allows for the introduction of a common decision mechanism to be introduced for the handling of suspect vendors; recording and knowledge sharing facilities within the UN procurement portal, The UN Global Marketplace (UNGM), which allows for the systemized sharing of the decisions made on suspect vendors by any UN organization amongst the entire UN procurement community; a training and communication programme launching and implementing the initiative.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
ICTN: Donor Report 15.06.2016

Together with the UNDG, the HLCM supported the UN System Staff College to assist UN Country Teams with the integration of the Harmonization of Business Practices into the Programming Process. The project was completed in 2011 and a possible second phase is being designed. The donor report from 2011 summarizes the work of the project.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
FBN: UN System-wide Financial Statistics Database and Reporting System 15.06.2016

Scheduled to be completed by mind 2012, the CEB secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the project on financial statistics. This will automate and improve data collection and presentation of data on finances throughout the system. Much of the preparatory work was completed in 2011 and the system was made operational for 2012. Its output can be seen in the statistics section of the website.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
PN: Procurement Process and Practice Harmonization in Support of Field Offices 15.06.2016

The Procurement Network project on harmonizing procurement in the field came a long way towards defining the changes needed in policies and procedures to support teams carrying out procurement jointly. The project, designed to be completed towards the end of 2012 finalized much of the preparatory work in 2011 and this is reflected in the donor report.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
FBN: Donor Report 15.06.2016

The Finance and Budget Network's working group on treasury services carried out a feasibility study with KPMG on the harmonization of the treasury services. The project was completed in April 2012 and the last donor report summarizes activities and outputs until the end of 2011.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
HRN: Analysis and Review of the Human Resources Management Policies and Practices 15.06.2016

The Human Resource Network finlized a comparative analsyis of staff rules and regulations and provided recommendations for follow up. The project is complete including work on analyzing arragements for non-staff in different organizations.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
ICTN: Common ICT Costing and Benchmarking 15.06.2016

The ICT Network project on ICT costing is an important step to help organizations plan their ICT expenditures. The project, originally expected to be completed in mid 2012 has since been extended to October 2012 at which time it was operational closed. A detailed update on activities and outputs is available in 2012 HBP Key achievements report.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
PN: Collaborative Procurement of Vehicles 15.06.2016

The Procurement Network project on Collaborative Procurement of Vehicles is one of the key initiatives of the Procurement Network to deliver large financial impact through efficiency gains. The project started in 2012.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
HLCM: Harmonization of Business Practices Funding Proposal 15.06.2016

The HLCM plan of action builds on the belief that, within a system structured around a variety of mandates, an increased coherence in the working modalities of the member organizations would contribute significantly to their ability to deliver better programmatic results, while in the medium and long term allowing for a substitution/reduction of costs to be derived by individual organizations.

Document reference: CEB/2008/HLCM/10
HLCM: Harmonization of Business Practices Donor Reports 18.03.2013

This report is the second donor report developed to report on progress of the HLCM Harmonization of Business Practices Plan of Action. It is clear that in 2011, has seen significant developments. Several initial projects have been completed, others are near completion or on track and several new initiatives are in the pipeline. This document will provide an update with details of each project presented in Annex I. Annex II contains a list of pipeline projects.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM-HBP/1
HLCM: Report of 22nd Session (September 2011, Washington) 15.06.2016

Conclusions of the Twenty-Second Session of the High Level Committee on Management (Washington, D.C., 26-27 September 2011). Issues discussed included: Security and Safety of Staff; Programme Criticality Framework; Improving Efficiency and Cost Controls; Common Principles on Results Reporting; UNDG-HLCM Mission to identify country-level bottlenecks in business practices; HLCM Networks; Mandatory of Separation, ERM.

Document reference: CEB/2100/5
CEB: Annual Overview Report (July 2011, Geneva) 15.06.2016

This report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) during the period leading to and covering its fall 2010 session and its spring 2011 session.

Document reference: E/2011/104
PN: Report of 4th Session (Septembre 2008, Rome) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Fourth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Rome, 3-5 September 2008. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professionalisation, and Vendor Management (UNGM, UNCCS and Vendor Suspension). Other topics discussed were The Nemeth Report: Privileges and Immunities Implications, and the Draft Joint Inspection Note (JIU) on Corporate Consultancies in the UN System.

Document reference: CEB/2008/HLCM_PN/4
PN: Report of 5th Session (February 2009, Vienna) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Fifth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Vienna, 2-4 September 2009. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professionalisation, Supplier Access, and Vendor Management (UNGM, UNCCS and Vendor Suspension).

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM_PN/1
PN: Report of 6th Session (September 2009, Paris) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Sixth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Paris, 2-4 September 2009. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professionalisation, Supplier Access, Sustainable Procurement and Vendor Management (UNGM and UNCCS).

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM_PN/6
PN: Report of 7th Session (March 2010, Budapest) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Seventh Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Budapest, 24-26 March 2010. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professionalisation, Supplier Access, Sustainable Procurement and Vendor Management as well as status reports on the projects on Vendor Eligibility and UNCCS. Other topics discussed were Aid Effectiveness/National Systems, Dual Use, and UN-Wide Standardisation of Field Motor Vehicles.

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM_PN/7
PN: Report of 8h Session (September 2010, Geneva) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Eighth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Geneva, 22-24 September 2010. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professionalisation, Supplier Access, Sustainable Procurement and Vendor Management as well as status reports on the UNCCS Project. Other topics discussed were the Sharing of Practices and the Joint Inspection UNIT (JIU) Procurement Review.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM_PN/8
PN: Report of 10th Session (September 2011, Rome) 23.02.2017

Conclusions of the Tenth Session of the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network (HLCM PN), Rome, 28-30 September 2011. The Session included updates from the Working Groups on Harmonisation, Professional Development, Supplier Access, Sustainable Procurement and Vendor Management as well as status reports on the projects on Vendor Eligibility, Collaborative Procurement, and Harmonisation.

ICTN: Report of 8th Session (May 2007, New York) 23.02.2017

Agenda Items discussed included: Country-Level ICT Coherence; System-Wide Business Practices; ICT Strategy: Development of Business Cases; ICT and Development; Special Interest Groups: ICT Knowledge Sharing.

Document reference: CEB/2007/HLCM/ICT/1
ICTN: Report of 9th Session (December 2007, Brindisi) 23.02.2017

Agenda Items discussed included: System-Wide Business Practices (prioritization of the initiatives, with the lead and participating agencies identified); Country-level ICT Coherence; ICT Strategic Framework; Special Interest Groups: ICT Knowledge Sharing.

Document reference: CEB/2008/HLCM/ICT/17
FBN: Report of 7th Session (June 2007, Geneva) 23.02.2017

Joint session of the FB Network and the HLCM Task Force on Accounting Standards; Approval of IPSAS matters finalized in the Task Force meeting; Disclosure of information contained in Internal Audit Reports; and Contribution of the FB Network to the HLCM proposal for the harmonization of UN system-wide business practices.

Document reference: CEB/2007/HLCM/FB/10
FBN: Report of 8th Session Videoconference (March 2008) 23.02.2017

Briefing by the Office of the Controller of the United Nations on preparation for the upcoming meeting of the FAFA Working Group; IPSAS: issues from the Task Force; Progress of work on Harmonization of Financial Regulations and Rules; Cost recovery policies; and Coordination and distribution of work between the UNDG Management Group and the FB Network on financial management issues.

Document reference: CEB/2008/HLCM/FB/4
FBN: Report of 9th Session (July 2008, UNICEF, New York) 23.02.2017

Guidance on Consolidation; IPSAS and Budget implications; Off shoring of administrative functions; UNDGFB Network Coordination; Cost recovery policies; and Progress of work on Harmonization of Financial Regulations and Rules.

Document reference: CEB/2008/HLCM/FB/18
FBN: Report of 10th Session Videoconference (February 2009) 23.02.2017

Follow-up to IPSAS Task Force; Lump Sum for Security Evaluation Allowance; Cost Sharing Arrangements for Jointly Financed Activities 2010-2011; Initial Observations of the Survey on Common Treasury Services; and FB-related Projects included in the HLCM Plan of Action for Harmonization of Business Practices.

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM/FB/4
FBN: Report of 11th Session (May 2009 Rome) 23.02.2017

Follow-up to IPSAS Task Force; Recommendations of the HLCM Steering Committee on Staff Safety and Security; Cost Sharing Arrangements for Jointly Financed Activities 2010-2011; UNDG-HLCM Working Group on Cost Recovery Policies; UN System Financial Statistics – 2008 Edition; Common Treasury Services; and FB-related Projects included in the HLCM Plan of Action for Harmonization of Business Practices.

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM/FB/11
FBN: Report of 12th Session Videoconference (February 2010) 23.02.2017

Update on the HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices including WG on Common Treasury Services; the UN System-wide Financial Statistics Database and Reporting System project; the UNDG-HLCM WG on Cost Recovery Policy; status of the joint FBHR Network WG on Long Term Care; the joint FBHR network WG on Appendix D; WG on Staff Safety and Security; WG on Harmonized Financial Regulations and Rules; follow-up to the IPSAS Task Force meeting (Rome, Dec-2009) and IPSAS implementation progress; and organization of future FB Network meetings.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM/FB/9
FBN: Report of 14th Session Videoconference (November 2010) 23.02.2017

External Review Report and Recommendations of the CEB System-wide IPSAS Process and Project.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM/FB/33
FBN: Report of 15th Session Videoconference (February 2011) 23.02.2017

Update on the HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices including WG on Common Treasury Services; and the UN System-wide Financial Statistics Database and Reporting System project; JIU, ICSC and CEB Secretariat 2012-2013 budget proposals; DSS JFA Programme Budget proposal for 2012 - 2013; and Action points from the Task Force on Accounting Standards; WG on Safety and Security Costs.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM/FB/8r
FBN: Report of 17th Session (September 2011, ITC-ILO, Turin) 23.02.2017

Follow-up to the Task Force on Accounting Standards meeting; Progress update from the Working Group on Common Treasury Services; Cost sharing arrangements for Jointly Funded Activities; Update from the Working Group on Safety and Security Costs; UN System-wide Financial Statistics Database and Reporting System; and Impact of IPSAS on budgeting.

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM/FB/21
CEB: CEB/ACC: Annual Overview Report, (June 1993, Geneva) 23.02.2017

The present report was prepared in order to provide the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council for 1993 with up-to-date information on the results of the ACC’s consideration of issues - such as the coordination of humanitarian assistance and the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - currently before the Council and to inform the session of the outcome of the ACC’s review of its own functioning and methods of work, which was completed at the first regular meeting of ACC in April 1993.

Document reference: E/1993/81
CEB: Second Report (November 2002, New York) 23.02.2017

This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM and HLCP). Discussions on Programme issues (Follow-up to the Millennium Summit: “Preventing armed conflict”; Future role of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) in follow-up to the United Nations Millennium Declaration; Preparations for future discussions on financing for development and strategies for sustainable development) and Management issues (Staff security and safety; Reform of the pay and benefits system; Information and communication technologies; Dialogue with the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission and staff representatives; Secretary-General’s reform initiative).

Document reference: CEB/2002/2
CEB: Second Report (October 2003, New York) 23.02.2017

This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM and HLCP). Discussions on Programme issues (Follow-up to Monterrey: financing for development; HIV/AIDS and its linkages with food security and governance; Follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development) and Management issues (Staff security and safety;  Dialogue with staff representatives and the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission).

Document reference: CEB/2003/2
CEB: First Regular Session Report (April 2005, Mont Pèlerin) 23.02.2017

This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM and HLCP). Discussions on Programme issues (Follow-up to the Millennium Declaration; ) and Management issues (Harmonization of Business Practices).

Document reference: CEB/2005/1
CEB: First Regular Session Report (April 2007, Geneva) 23.02.2017

This report covers: Discussions on Programme issues (Employment and decent work, Aid for trade, One United Nations at the country level); and Management issues (Harmonization and reform of United Nations System Business Practices).

Document reference: CEB/2007/1
CEB: Second Session Report (October 2007, New York) 23.02.2017

This report covers: Discussions on Programme issues (Evaluation process for the “one UN” pilot projects, Support to African development, Leading by example: a climate-neutral UN); on Management issues (Harmonization of UN system business practices); and on Other Matters (Advocacy campaign in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights). The Board issued a Statement on "Moving Towards a Climate-neutral UN" annexed to the present report.

Document reference: CEB/2007/2
CEB: Annual Overview Report (July 2007, Geneva) 23.02.2017

This report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), during the period covering its fall 2006 and spring 2007 sessions.

Document reference: E/2007/69
CEB: Annual Overview Report (June 2010, New York) 23.02.2017

This report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) during the period leading to and covering its fall session 2009 and its spring session 2010.

Document reference: E/2010/69
HRN: Report of 10th Session (July 2005, New York) 23.02.2017

Review of the pay and benefits system: (a) Monitoring of the pilot study on broadbanding/reward for contribution; (b) Assessing the implementation of the new Job Evaluation Master Standard for the Professional and higher categories; (c) Mobility and hardship allowance, hazard pay and strategic bonuses; (d) Education grant: Review of the methodology for determining the level of the grant; Evolution of the United Nations/United States remuneration margin; Survey of best prevailing conditions of employment in Montreal; Considerations related to reviewing the Job Evaluation Standards for Genera

Document reference: CEB/2005/HLCM/27
HRN: Report of 17th Session (March 2009, Madrid) 23.02.2017

Performance management – updated framework and use of steps; Work/Life Balance; Review of separation payments; Update on the UN/US grade equivalency studies; Gender balance; Development of the exit interview questionnaire; Feasibility of inter-agency roster of qualified women; Review of the General Service survey methodologies; 2008/2009 Work plan; Mobility Accord; Guidelines on “disabilities” in the workplace; Review of the mandatory age of retirement; Salary Survey cost-sharing for 2010-2011; Staff and Stress Counsellors’ Group; Management Leadership Programme (UNSSC); Junior Professional

Document reference: CEB/2009/HLCM/HR/27
HRN: Report of 19th Session (February 2010, Geneva) 23.02.2017

Review of 2010/2011 Work Plan; HR Response to Crisis Situations (i.e.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM/HR/18
HRN: Report of 20th Session (July 2010, Washington, D.C) 23.02.2017

Briefing on upcoming AIIC Negotiations; Election of HR Network Spokesperson.

Document reference: CEB/2010/HLCM/HR/35
HRN: Report of 21st Meeting (March 2011, UN, New York) 23.02.2017

Outcome/follow up on HR Directors’ Strategic meeting; Briefing and follow up on HLCM Spring 2011 session; HR Network 2011-2012 Work Plan; HR Network Standing Committee on Field Conditions; Election of HR Network Chairpersons; Issues under ICSC consideration such as: GA resolutions/decisions, WG on mobility/hardship and hazard pay, pensionable remuneration, identification of the highest paid civil service under the Noblemaire principle (phase I), ACPAQ, conditions of service of the GS and other locally recruited staff, review of ICSC framework for HRM; Rest and recuperation framework; Design

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM/HR/9
HRN: Report of 22nd Meeting (July 2011, WMO Geneva) 23.02.2017

Information on upcoming retreat of HR Directors and ICSC; Updates of initiatives undertaken by organizations, HLCM Dialogue with Staff Federations, Cost-sharing for salary surveys, Relocation and Security Evacuation under the Security Level System (SLS).

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM/HR/19
HRN: Report of 23rd Meeting (September 2011, ITU) 23.02.2017

ICSC Framework for Human Resources Management; Review of the pay and benefits scheme; Review of personnel working for UN common system organizations on non-staff contracts; Harmonization of Business Practices – HR Projects; Harmonization of vacancy advertisements and selection processes at Country level for GS and NPO positions; Harmonization of key elements of performance appraisal systems; Report from the Working Group on Inter-Organization Agreement concerning mobility; Update on the Mandatory Age of Separation; Review of EMSEA by ICSC; HRM Framework, and the pay and benefits system; Sit

Document reference: CEB/2011/HLCM/HR/23
HLCM: Report of 2nd Session (September 2001, Geneva) 23.02.2017

The agenda of the session included: the security and safety of staff; capitalizing on technology; the simplification in procedures, processes and entitlements; sustainable employability. Consultations were held with staff representatives.

Document reference: ACC/2001/12
HLCM: Report of 13th Session (March 2007, Frascati) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with Representatives of FICSA and CCISUA; HLCM proposal on Business Practices; Collaboration between HLCM and UNDG Management Group; Relationship between IAPWG and HLCM; Security and Safety of Staff; Information and Communication Technology; Finance and Budget; Human Resources; Confidentiality of Internal Audit Reports; Senior Management Network; Observations of the Panel of External Auditors on Tsunami; World Bank Financial Management Framework Agreement; Malicious Acts Insurance Policy (MAIP); After Service Health Insurance (ASHI); System-wide Coherence

Document reference: CEB/2007/3
HLCM: Report of 14th Session (September 2007, New York) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with Representatives of FICSA and CCISUA; Cooperation with ICSC; Business Practices; Security and Safety of Staff; Institutional links between HLCM and UN/RIAS – Disclosure of Internal Audit Reports; HLCM Networks; UN Cares; UN Dual Career and Staff Mobility; Staff Management Leadership Development Programme; Jointly-financed Activities; Procedures and criteria for the preparation of agendas and submission of documents for consideration and discussion by the HLCM at its session.

Document reference: CEB/2007/6
HLCM: Report of 15th Session (March 2008, Rome) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and the United Nations International Civil Servants Federation; Security and safety of staff; Triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system: management implications; Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; UNDG on management issues; HLCM networks; Status of implementation of enterprise resource planning across the system; Institutional links between the High-level Committee and the representatives of the Internal Audit Services of the United Nations syste

Document reference: CEB/2008/3
HLCM: Report of 16th Session (September 2008, New York) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and the United Nations International Civil Servants Federation; Security and safety of staff; Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices in the United Nations System; Programme of work of the UNDG on management issues; Enhancing collaboration between the HLCM and the JIU; Review of the senior management leadership programme; HLCM networks; Collaboration between the HLCM and the Representatives of Internal Audit Services of the UN-RIAS; Establishing a United Nations system-wide evaluation mechanism; Implementing enterpris

Document reference: CEB/2008/5
HLCM: Report of 17th Session (February 2009, Rome) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and the United Nations International Civil Servants Federation; Security and safety of staff; HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; Senior Management Leadership Programme; HLCM Networks; Outcome of the CEB review and strengthening of the CEB secretariat.

Document reference: CEB/2009/3
HLCM: Report of 18th Session (September 2009, New York) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Dialogue with FICSA, CCISUA and UNISERV; Security and Safety of Staff; UN Reform on Contractual Arrangements; HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; Mandatory Age of Separation; UN Leaders Programme; HLCM Networks; ICSC Surveys on Performance Management and Inter-Agency Mobility; Healthcare and its Management in the UN System.

Document reference: CEB/2009/6
HLCM: Report of 19th Session (February 2010, Turin) 23.02.2017

Issues discussed included: Security and Safety of Staff; Support to staff and their families in emergency situations; Administration of Justice; HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; Coordination with UNDG; HLCM Networks;Occupational Health and Safety Policy in the UN system.

Document reference: CEB/2010/3

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Inter-Agency Network of Facilities Managers (INFM) 23.02.2017

The Inter-Agency Network of Facilities Managers is composed of United Nations system-wide collaborative team of professionals, with representatives from the United Nations, Regional Commissions, Funds and Programmes, specialized agencies and the Bretton-Woods institutions, who meet annually to discuss common issues within facilities management and share experiences from different duty stations around the world.

Direct access: The Inter-Agency Network of Facilities Managers (INFM)

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CEB: Action on Operational Activities for Development 23.02.2017
CEB: Action on Management Issues 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on the financial instruments and mechanisms for International Organizations 23.02.2017
CEB: Action on HLCM’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 23.02.2017
CEB: Action on Management Issues 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Common Principles on Results Reporting 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on UN Leaders Programme 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Harmonization of Business Practices; and, Coordination with UNDG on Management Issues 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on HLCM plan of action for the Harmonization of Business Practices; HLCM Work Plan; and Coordination with UNDG on Management Issues 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on HLCM Plan of Action for the Harmonization and Reform of Business 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on HLCM proposal on Business Practices 23.02.2017
HLCM: Action on Auditing Requirements for European Union Contributions 23.02.2017
CEB: Action on Harmonization of Business Practices 23.02.2017

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PN: Working Group on Strategic Vendor Management 23.02.2017

The objective of this group is to establish a strategic vision for vendor management and on that basis design, implement and monitor vendor related activities of the HLCM Procurement Network pursuant to relevant General Assembly resolutions, in particular to: 

PN: Working Group on the Harmonization of UN Procurement Business Practices and Processes 05.08.2016

The WG has created a common framework for harmonisation of procurement-related regulations, rules, policies, procedures and business practices.  A standardised toolkit for country level procurement practitioners, taking into account the best practices, needs and insights from the country level has also been produced.  The WG provides support to the UNDG when required to support UNCTs implementing harmonized procurement.

PN: Procurement Network 05.08.2016

The HLCM Procurement Network is made up of the Chiefs of Procurement from member organizations. The network focuses on ensuring that the UN system continues to improve its performance in the area of procurement through better leveraging the combined purchasing power of the system and through joint negotiation of long term agreements with vendors, particularly in large duty stations.

ICTN: Information, Communication and Technology Network 15.06.2016

The ICT Network brings together the information and communication technology (ICT) leadership from the organizations in the UN System. In addition to advising the HLCM on system-wide approaches to leveraging advanced technology, the Network functions as a forum to coordinate system-wide ICT policy and practices.

HLCM: High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) 02.08.2017

The High-Level Committee on Management identifies and analyzes administrative management reforms with the aim of improving efficiency and simplifying business practices.

Inter-agency Coordination Mechanisms tagged with Harmonization of Business Practices

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CEB: Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) 23.02.2017

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was established in September 2002 in order to continue coordination in the statistical sector, which had been done by the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) Subcommittee on Statistical Activities prior to 2002.

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