Elements listed in the proposed outline

Relevant General Assembly resolutions and decisions

Relevant expert, technical and intergovernmental bodies

Status of implementation, including reporting (dates of submission and session to be submitted)

Reviewing the existing contracts regime with a view to simplifying the system and reducing the number of contracts

Resolutions 55/258, 57/305 and 59/266 on HRM and resolution 59/296 on peacekeeping cross-cutting issues. The subject is under consideration in the context of the HRM and ICSC reports and a draft resolution under item 131 of the agenda of the resumed 60 th session is before the 5 th Committee.

International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and 5 th Committee




Adjusting the recruitment and placement system in favour of a more proactive approach and accelerated procedures

Resolution 55/258 adopted a comprehensive reform of HRM and requested   a number of follow-up measures and reports which were pursued in resolutions 57/305, 59/266 and 59/296 on the following areas: the role of OHRM, recruitment and placement, national competitive examination and General Service to Professional examination, measures to improve geographical distribution, system of equitable geographical distribution, gender representation, post structure, mobility, contractual arrangements, use of appointments under the 100 and 300 series of the Staff Rules in the staffing of the field missions, consultants and individual contractors, measures to prevent discrimination and staff-management consultations. World Summit Outcome Document adopted a guideline regarding equitable geographical distribution.

ACABQ, and 5 th Committee





Moving towards a fully rotational system for a majority of professional staff at Headquarters and in the field

Resolutions 55/258, 57/305, 59/266 and 59/296 raised a number of substantive issues about mobility of staff and requested for a number of measures and reports from the Secretary-General in consultation with staff as well as from the ICSC on the subject.

ICSC, ACABQ, and 5 th Committee


Measures to improve the budget formulation and adoption process

In 1998, a comprehensive review of the PPBME regulations was made by the CPC and the 5 th Committee. The S-G followed that by revising the relevant PPBME rules and the new PPBME regulations and rules were issued in 2000.

In 2000, the budget system of the Organization was changed to the Results-Based Budgeting by resolution 55/231. It was made possible after three year comprehensive consideration of the issue by the ACABQ and the 5 th Com. In 2001, resolution 56/253 requested the S-G to submit revisions to the Financial Regulations and Rules.

In 2003, resolution 58/269 made a number of decisions with regard to the consideration of the budget outline, budget fascicles and conversion of the 4 year MTP to the 2 year strategic framework. Implementation of resolution 58/269 should be reviewed in 62 nd session. Resolution 59/275 adopted the strategic framewo rk for the biennium 2006-2007, and provided further guidance on the experiment.

The Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), the ACABQ and the 5 th Committee



Improvements to the existing system of procurement

Resolutions 54/14, 55/247, 57/279, 59/288 and 59/296 adopted a number of decisions on the reform of procurement and asked for various measures and reports on, including increasing procurement opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

OIOS, Board of Auditors, JIU, ACABQ and the 5 th Committee


Proposals to outsource or off-shore select administrative processes

Resolutions 54/256 and 55/232 set the guidelines and basic principles for outsourcing in the United Nations. Resolutions 58/276, 58/277 and 59/289 adopted a number of follow-up requests on the subject.

OIOS, Board of Auditors, JIU, ACABQ and the 5 th Committee


The elements listed below are for indicative purposes only and listed with the understanding that the proposed “outline” will be amended to reflect the guidance provided by Member States to the Secretariat on 30 January and 7 February 2006.