Fiji Chairs Meeting of Ambassadors Requested by UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon

New York
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

At the request of UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, the UN Ambassadors of the 134 Member States of the Group of 77 and China met in New York yesterday.  The meeting was Chaired by Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson.

The meeting began with a minute of silence being observed for the late President Nelson Mandela.  The Secretary-General then gave the assembled Ambassadors a description of the memorial service for President Mandela, held in Soweto, South Africa, from which Mr Ban Ki-moon returned yesterday.

The Fiji Chair then introduced the subject on which the Secretary-General wished to address the Ambassadors : "Mobility, towards a global dynamic and adaptable workforce."  Ambassador Thomson said that the Group of 77 stands for improved delivery of the services of the United Nations and its agencies and programmes.  He said a dynamic and adaptable UN workforce was required if the UN was going to deliver as efficiently as possible the required alleviation of poverty and the provision of essential services to the people of the developing world.

The Secretary-General called for the support of the Group of 77 and China in implementing the UN Secretariat's proposals for increased staff mobility.   He said that the new plans for staff mobility would be managed within existing UN resources and would result in a more dynamic workforce for the United Nations.  He assured Ambassadors that the proposed mobility plan would also allow external candidates to compete equally for all UN vacancies at all levels.

The Secretary-General said that the Secretariat's staff mobility proposal was a vital component of his efforts to adapt the United Nations to evolving global conditions.  Along with the staff mobility proposal, Mr Ban Ki-moon said the Secretariat was working on implementing better accounting standards at the UN, along with the commencement of "Umoja", the Secretary-General's administrative reform initiative that will consolidate the management of UN financial, human and physical resources in an integrated solution.

Those G77 Ambassadors who spoke at the meeting gave Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their overall support for his staff mobility proposal and undertook to give it full consideration in the meetings of the UN Fifth Committee over the next fortnight.

UNSG Ban Ki-moon at G77 Ambassadorial meeting

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