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Statement by the Chinese Delegation at the Fifth Committee of the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly on Common System


Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation would like to thank Chairman Amor for his introduction to the work of the Commission in 2006 and the representative of the UN System Chief Executives Board for his remarks. We have also listened very attentively to the statements by the representatives of the Federation of International Civil Servants' Association (FICSA) and the Coordinating Committee for International Staff Unions and Associations of the UN System (CCISUA).

Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation has read carefully the Report of the International Civil Service Commission for the Year 2006 (A/61/30). We are pleased with the fruitful results achieved by the Commission. China associates itself with the statement by the representative of South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, and now my delegation would like to make a few comments on the following issues.

In response to the request made by the General Assembly in resolution 59/266, the ICSC reviewed the proposal of converting appointments from 300 to 100 series and the feasibility of harmonizing conditions of service at non-family duty stations in the field. Taking into account the new proposals by the Secretary General in his report on the management reform of the Secretariat such as streamlining contractual arrangements and harmonizing conditions of service, the Commission deemed it necessary to review the conditions of service for staff in field missions once again under the new circumstances and decided to establish a working group to conduct the related study and submit a report afterwards.

The Chinese delegation welcomes the establishment of the working group by the Commission to conduct a feasibility study on the necessity of harmonizing entitlements and benefits across the common system. With respect to the proposal in the Secretary General's report on streamlining contracts, namely replacing existing three types of contracts with one; the proposal of establishing a standing professional peacekeeping force and the one on staff mobility schemes, due to the fact that such reform measures will have a direct impact on the existing conditions of service across the common system, we suggest that the Commission review these issues from the perspective of the common system, conduct a comprehensive study, bearing in mind the requirements involved in contract streamlining and harmonization of conditions of service, and submit a report thereon to the General Assembly for its consideration.

We hope that in its study, the working group will take into consideration the following factors: possible budgetary implications of the proposed reform measures; cost-effectiveness, namely, simplification of management cannot be the single-minded focus to the extent of ignoring the high cost it entails; continuity in the implementation of existing management reform measures and