I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Croatia*, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the EFTA country Liechtenstein, member of the European Economic Area, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this declaration.
At the outset let me congratulate the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission, Mr. Kingston Rhodes for his election and the Vice-Chair, Mr. Wolfgang Stockl, and wish them success in their tenure. We all depend heavily on the expertise of this new team. We thank the Chair for the presentation of the ICSC report A/62/30. Furthermore we wish to extend our thanks to the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mr. Rajat Saha, for presenting the report of the Committee and, Ms. Katrina Nowlan from the Programme Planning and Budget Division for introducing the statement of the SG.
We also would like to thank FICSA for its statement.
The European Union welcomes the quick work of the ICSC on contractual arrangements, harmonisation of conditions of service and retention bonus for the ICTY and ICTR (upon the request of the GA) which will be taken up at a later stage under different agenda items. We underline the role of ICSC as a central body for bringing and keeping the UN Common System together.
The European Union regrets the slow progress of the pilot projects on Broad banding / pay for performance and would like to hear some more explanations in this regard.
On the other hand, we commend the ICSC for improving its own working methods and we recall the decisions taken in res 61/239 on strengthening the ICSC.
The EU encourages the Commission to continue its work, through recommendations on practical steps to achieve gender balance in the organizations of the United Nations common system, in particular at senior levels.
The Common System unites the UN family more effectively than any other element created by this unique and special organization. It even reaches beyond the United Nations and is an important element to standardize rules and regulations. Mobility is only possible thanks to the Common System. Its potentialities could and should be explored further. In this system the ICSC has a distinctive role to play. We all depend heavily on the expertise and the communicative and negotiation skills of the ICSC not just to guide us in making our decisions here today but to push frontiers. The European Union will continue to give the ICSC the necessary backing.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.