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CCISUA statement to the 24th Session of the Inter Agency Security Management Network

CCISUA Vice-President, Guy Avognon, today presented a statement to the 24th Session of the Inter Agency Security Management Network on our call for the General Assembly’s call for a dedicated compliance unit in DSS to be respected.

 

CCISUA Statement to the 24th Session of the Inter Agency Security Management Network
The Coordinating Committee for the International Staff Unions and Associations (CCISUA) notes that following the Algiers attack1. Mr. Brahimi’s report emphasised:
“That monitoring must result in information that permits objective comparison of results against targets and standards, covering, among other things, evidence that authority has been fully exercised but not exceeded. That is, managers have not sought to avoid decisions they are empowered to make and have referred decisions elsewhere if they are not empowered to make them; such as compliance with policies, values, regulations, rules and behavioural standards”.
To this end, the GA established a dedicated compliance unit in DSS.
CCISUA supported this decision. The autonomous monitoring of the security management system, in our view, is central to the assessment, prevention and correction of errors or irregularities by decision makers whose primary duty is to ensure the safety and security of UN Staff.
Subsequent attacks on staff have shown the continuing importance of compliance with policies.
CCISUA therefore regrets the recently instituted compliance concept, the “security management-evaluation framework”, which eliminated objective compliance missions and replaced them with a model focussed on self-evaluation. In our view this decision has weakened the ability of UNDSS to support staff security, will lead to conflicts of interest for UNDSS staff, and runs counter to the decision of the General Assembly as well as to recommendations of the Brahimi report on the Algiers terrorist attack.
This decision, in terms of compliance, places the head of UNDSS in the challenging position to have to be accountable for the adherence to the systems policies and procedures, without being able to have this assessed objectively. We believe that this is to the detriment of the organisation and potentially increases the risk to UN staff members’ lives.
We would also like to note that this change was instituted in the absence of staff consultations and therefore further request that the IASMN consider this matter and its implications to the SMS and most importantly, the security and safety of UN personnel.
1 A/55/270 annex I
Independent and objective compliance of security policies and procedures is also one of the primary pillars of the framework of accountability.
Our second concern is that this decision has been taken without following the correct processes required by the General Assembly. We understand that the authority to change the allocation of functions to ensure compliance is the exclusive responsibility of the UN General Assembly through the advice of the Secretary-General. The compliance apparatus is a vital application that must be enhanced instead of diminished. In essence, compliance requires an independent monitoring system as was also envisioned by the General Assembly.
CCISUA therefore expresses its concern with the current management and oversight of the United Nations Security Management System.
It strongly believes that many of the tragedies suffered by the organisation could have been avoided or minimised should we have had a stronger and more robust compliance apparatus. Therefore, we call for the compliance process to be properly enhanced and not further eroded.
Montreux, 23 June 2016
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