24 December 2010
Statement by Mr. Rashid Bayat Mokhtari
Delegate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Fifth Committee
on the issue of the Human Resource Management
during the 65th Session of the General Assembly
Allow me to thank the Deputy Secretary General Ms. Asha-Rose Migoro, Ms. Angela Kane and their colleagues for the introduction of various reports on Human Resource Management contained in documents before us today.
I also wish to thank Ms. Susan McLurg for introducing the relevant ACABQ report on this issue.
Let me also thank the Vice President of the Staff Management Coordination Committee and the President of the Staff Union of the UN Secretariat for their statements.
My delegation wishes to align itself with the statement made today by the distinguished representative of Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China.
The issues related to a wide spectrum of Human Resource Management in the United Nations Secretariat are of utmost importance to my country. Human Resources stand in the heart of this organization. Therefore, no effort should be spared to improve its management and efficiency and preserving the integrity of the Secretariat.
With respect to the various reports and proposals in the documents presented today, my delegation does not find itself in agreement with the Secretary General’s view that long-term workforce planning is of limited added value. We believe long-term workforce planning is a salient feature of every modern management system, particularly applicable in the public sector. We concur with the ACABQ that “the staffing of the Secretariat must be dynamic and flexible in order to be able to respond to changing requirements”. My delegation, therefore, believes that due attention to forecasting requirements for major
occupational groups should be an attainable goal for the Secretary General.
Iran is of the idea that all possible efforts have not been exhausted to meet the benchmark period of 120 days to fill the vacancies. Thus, it is regrettable that, at a time of dire need for the UN program delivery this period has gone up to a further 197 days.
With regard to harmonization proposals by the ICSC as reflected in the Secretary General’s report, we consider them important tools in fostering equality and justice within the UN work force which will boost job morale and strengthens efficiency.
The United Nations Young Professional Program is a fresh breeze of hope for those Member States who have always found themselves “un or underrepresented” within the UN Secretariat. The intention by the Secretary General to refine this program and to integrate the outreach, recruitment, placement, career development and mobility of staff into one centrally managed process, with a view to increasing the diversity of the Secretariat and improving its geographical representation is appreciated including the Secretary General’s proposal to allocate 15 percent of the vacant extra budgetary and peace keeping support account posts to YPP. However, Mr. Chairman, my delegation has the following observations:
a) More prudence should be exercised with respect to the decreasing the age limit of applicants to 26 as for some countries, where neither of the two Secretariat’s official languages is the mother tongue. Therefore, it takes longer for the young applicants to adopt the foreign language and to familiarize themselves with the provisions of a foreign language working surroundings upon finishing their academic studies. Iran, therefore, agrees with the view of the ACABQ that the age limit should remain 32.
b) On the issue of future shift from paper based examination to computer based ones, my delegation hopes that all considerations including the limitations existing in some countries be considered before any such shift, so that possible technological gaps will not prevent all potential candidates from participation on a fair and equal footing.
c) Taking into account the considerable time and effort put into the organizing NCREs both by the Secretariat and the host countries as well as the lengthy process within the Secretariat to recruit applicants from the rosters, it does not seem reasonable that the rosters remain valid only one year. My delegation believes that no time limitation should be applied to the successful candidates put in rosters.
In conclusion, I wish to express my delegation’s readiness to constructively participate in the deliberations of the committee in the informal consultations.
I thank you Mr. Chairman