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Statement by Ms. HE Yi, Counsellor of the Chinese Delegation, at the Fifth Committee of the 65th Session of the General Assembly on Agenda Item 136: Common System


Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation would like to thank the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), for his presentation of the work of the Commission. We would also like to thank the Director of the Programme Planning and Budget Division for her report and the Vice Chairperson of ACABQ for his introduction of the item. We take note of the statement made by staff representative agencies.

China endorses the statement made by the distinguished representative of Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China.

Mr. Chairman,

Performance management is an important element in human resources management. We are pleased to note the efforts made by the ICSC in this respect during the past few years, and encourage the Commission to continue to work on it as an important strategic goal and strengthen cooperation with member states and other departments concerned in the Secretariat to further substantiate this concept so as to facilitate human resources management in the common system.

We have taken note of the issue raised by the Commission of conditions of service for field personnel in non-family duty stations. It’s an important issue that not only bears upon the capacity of the Organization to attract and retain talents to perform its functions successfully, but also involves the interests of field personnel, and affects the implementation of inter-agency mobility. We appreciate the efforts made by the Commission in harmonizing the conditions of service. The solution to this question requires a proper balance among the interests of staff, management control and administrative and budgetary costs.

We have noticed that gender equality has always been an important item in the common system. Though the common system has set clear goals in this respect, the result of implementation has regrettably not been ideal. We would like to reiterate that, through effective performance evaluation, as well as improvement of accountability and monitoring regime in the common system, managers should be made more proactive in shouldering their responsibilities toward realizing gender equality.

Mr. Chairman,

In recent years, the Commission has enhanced communication and exchanges with participating organizations in the common system, representatives of the member states and other parties concerned. It has also carried out serious studies on how to strengthen the role of the Commission and enhance its strategic planning. We welcome these developments. I wish to reiterate that China supports the Commission, as an independent expert organ under the General Assembly, in continuing to play its important role in stipulating and coordinating conditions of service in the common system and in the field of human resources management.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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