Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Statement – United Nations 5th Committee: Review of efficiency—Shifting the management paradigm in the UN

New York, 15/10/2018 - 18:57, UNIQUE ID: 181016_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

15 October 2018, New York - Statement on behalf of the Member States of the European Union by H.E. Ambassador Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the 73rd Session of the General Assembly Fifth Committee Main Session on Item 134. Review of efficiency – Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations

Madame Chair,


I have the honour to speak on behalf of the 28 Member States of the EU.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

Allow me first to thank Ms. Maria Luiza RIBEIRO VIOTTI, Chef de Cabinet for presenting the report of the Secretary General, as well as Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chairman of ACABQ for introducing the corresponding report of his committee.

Mr. Chairman,

Last year, the General Assembly was successful in concluding key resolutions on the reform of the United Nations, including on management reform. The General Assembly supported the vision of the Secretary General on shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations and endorsed the idea that reform should lead to a transformation of the Organization to ensure better delivery of programmes and mandates, through stronger support structures and smarter decentralization, together with a comprehensive shift in leadership and organizational culture.

We agreed that the reform should give greater responsibility to managers and ensure stronger accountability. We agreed that it should lead to improved performance based on more flexible and effective human resources management. All these ideas are reflected in GA Resolution 72/266B adopted by consensus on July 5th 2018.

We continue to believe these elements are mutually reinforcing and therefore should be treated as a package.

We thank the Secretary-General for his personal engagement, leadership and vision.  We take note of the comparative assessment provided in line with the mandate given in paragraph 16 of Resolution 72/266B. This assessment confirms that the decision taken by the General Assembly to approve the proposed reorganization of 2 new departments and the subsequent approval of the proposed new subsections 29A to 29D of section 29, Management and Support Services of the programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019 will indeed ensure a unified approach, optimizing the distribution of functions and avoiding duplications of the Human Resources Management of the UN.

To conclude Madame Chair, the member states of the European Union takes note of the comparative assessment, and we look forward to the comprehensive review of the implementation of the Resolution 72/266B at the main part of our 75th session.

We will further comment on how to improve the human resources management of the Organisation when we discuss this specific agenda item.



* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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