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EU Presidency Statement – United Nations 5th Committee: Human Resources Management

Summary: 3 December 2009, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union by Mr. Henric Råsbrant, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, 64th Session of the General Assembly Fifth Committee, Item 137. Human Resources Management, United Nations

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

The Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, as well as Ukraine and Armenia align themselves with this statement.

At the outset, let me thank the Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, Ms. Catherine Pollard, for her statement on the issue of continuing appointments.

At the introduction of the Human Resources Management reports on 17 November, the European Union stated that it would be ready to carefully study the proposals of the Secretary-General on the implementation of continuing appointments in order to take a well-informed decision. We saw it of great importance to complete the reform on the contractual regime adopted by the General Assembly at its 63rd session. We are also aware of the expectations of the United Nations personnel - the most important asset of this Organisation - for the completion of this reform.

We were therefore ready to engage constructively in the informal consultations to ensure that the new contractual system meets the needs of the Organisation and its staff. During the informal consultations, we have asked for clarifications and supplementary information which we believe are essential for a well-informed decision.

Mr. Chairman,

We have now been informed that the Secretariat is not in a position to provide such supplementary elements at this stage and that it intends to review its proposal and further intensify its efforts in order to present the General Assembly with a more comprehensive and informative report at its 65th session. The Secretariat has also indicated its intention to brief the Fifth Committee on this issue at the first resumed session in March next year.

While expressing our disappointment for such a situation, which does not allow us to take a decision on this important matter at this session, we appreciate the frankness and open approach of Assistant-Secretary-General Pollard.

Human Resources Management is crucial for the functioning of the United Nations and it was unfortunate that this item could be introduced only late in the session. In this regard, the European Union expects to have the revised proposal on continuing appointments and other related reports in due time for introduction early at the 65th session.

In the meantime, the European Union stands ready to consult further with other Member States and the Secretariat on this issue.

I thank you, Mr. Chairman.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

  • Ref: PRES09-322EN
  • EU source: EU Presidency
  • UN forum: Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary Affairs)
  • Date: 3/12/2009

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