I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement.
At the outset let me thank the Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Resources Management Ms. Cathrine Pollard and the Director for the Ethics Office Robert Benson, for introducing the reports of the Secretary-General (A/64/230, A/64/267, A/64/352, A/64/269 and A/64/316). We also wish to extend our thanks to the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), Ms. Susan McLurg, for introducing that Committees report on the item.
We also thank the representatives of the Staff Management Coordination Committee and the United Nations Staff Union for their statements.
In December 2008, important progress was made regarding the Human Resources Management reform when resolution 63/250 was adopted with consensus, approving a new contractual regime and streamlining conditions of service within the United Nations. Following this resolution, the General Assembly took a decision to amend the Staff Regulations, allowing implementation of the new human resources regime as at 1 July 2009 (resolution 63/271).
The European Union has over the years been a staunch supporter of the Human Resources Management reform. The goal has been to make the work of the United Nations more effective and efficient and to implement a modern human resources system and an organisational culture that enable staff at all levels throughout the Organisation to contribute to their greatest potential and in this regard strengthen the international civil service.
As requested in resolution 63/250, the Secretary-General has submitted a report with additional information regarding the implementation of continuing appointments (A/64/267). We now have an opportunity to look at the specifics related to the implementation of the continuing appointments. We need to aim at being able to have career appointments while at the same time ensuring that the Organisation can adjust its workforce in accordance with its changing needs. In this regard, the European Union will carefully study the proposals of the Secretary-General as well as the conclusions and recommendations of the ACABQ and take this opportunity to discuss the details in order to take a well-informed decision on this issue.
Let me conclude by reaffirming that the European Union stands ready to continue to engage constructively in the upcoming informal consultations to ensure that the new system meets the needs of the Organisation and its staff.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.