C5: Organization of work

5/3/2011 // First Secretary Julie Meinich Jacobsen Takahashi presented Norway's statement on the "Organization of Work", in particular in regards to peacekeeping operations. The debate took place during the Second resumed part of the 65th session of the Fifth Commitee on 2nd May 2011.

Mr. Chairman,

Like others I would like to thank you and the Bureau for your effective management of the work of the Fifth Committee. I would also like to join in the congratulations of Ms. Sharon Van Buerle upon her appointment as Secretary of the Fifth Committee. I would also like to thank the Chairperson and the members of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and its Secretariat for their hard work.

Mr. Chairman,
Peacekeeping is one of the pillars of the United Nations and the past decade has seen another rise in demand for the UN’s services in the field. Norway would like to take this opportunity to commend the hard work and commitment of all UN personnel involved in the difficult task of peacekeeping. We also pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives while serving as United Nations peacekeepers. Attacks on UN personnel are an attack on us all, and we need to ensure that measures necessary to ensure safety and security of staff are in place.

Mr. Chairman,
While the current pattern is one of downsizing and consolidation, the overall demand on UN peacekeeping remains high and is likely to persist. We agree with the Advisory Committee that a stable level of demand is an opportunity to increase focus on how to implement mandates in a more effective and cost-efficient manner. In doing so, we also need to look critically at what we do and whether the resources provided are appropriate for the tasks at hand and that the system as a whole is working to its full potential. As Member States we should recognise that we have a crucial role to play in assisting the Secretariat in achieving greater system-wide coherence. In this regard, we welcome the Advisory Commitee’s proposal of a comprehensive overview of ongoing initatives as well as comprehensive reporting on peacekeeping related issues.

Mr. Chairman,
Norway has been a champion of the UN in the field of peace building and an advocate of system-wide coherence. We welcome the focus on the challenges of transition from peacekeeping to peace building and the opportunity to address the organisational, budgetary and Human Resource Management aspects related. It is important that administrative practices and systems that impede the UN systems ability to work coherently and deliver on its mandates are brought to the attention of Member States, not just in the 5th Committee but also in the respective governing bodies of the agencies, funds and programs. We will be following the case of UNMIL with great interest.

Mr. Chairman,
Adoption of the Global Field Support Strategy was a major milestone with regards to improving support services for UN peacekeeping missions. We are also pleased that the high quality of services provided by the Department of Field Support are available also to the Department of Political Affairs and Special Political Missions. In assessing progress in implementation of the Global Field Strategy we will be particularly interested in ensuring that the packages devised still have adequate flexibility to be adopted to the relevant country context and that procedures do not become too bureaucratic or cumbersome. We are also interested in elaboration of the challenges related to shortfall of support services in times of transition/exit and how these issues can be addressed.

Mr. Chairman,
We note with satisfaction that special measures related to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, seem to have had a positive effect. We welcome this progress and urge the UN to continue to pursue this matter as a top priority. One report is still one too many.

To conclude Mr. Chairman,
Norway is committed to work closely with all partners in a spirit of openness and transparency and believe that through constructive engagement, we should be able to conclude this resumed session with results that will benefit the UN’s work in the area of peacekeeping.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


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