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A/RES/46/191


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 December 1991

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                                                   A/RES/46/191
                                                A: 79th plenary meeting
                                                   20 December 1991
                                                B: 88th plenary meeting
                                                   31 July 1992
 
            46/191.  United Nations common system: report of the
                     International Civil Service Commission
 
                                  A
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Having considered the seventeenth annual report of the International
Civil Service Commission and other related reports,
 
                              I
 
  ROLE AND FUNCTIONING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
 
      Recalling its resolution 3357 (XXIX) of 18 December 1974, by which it
established the International Civil Service Commission,
 
      Recalling also its resolutions 42/221 of 21 December 1987, 43/226 of 21
December 1988 and 44/198 of 21 December 1989, in which, inter alia, it
requested a review of the functioning of the Commission,
 
      1.    Reaffirms the central role of the General Assembly with regard to
the elaboration of the conditions of service for the United Nations common
system as a whole and that of the International Civil Service Commission as
the independent technical body responsible to the Assembly for the regulation
and coordination of those conditions of service of the common system;
 
      2.    Reaffirms also that in the exercise of its functions, the
Commission shall be guided by the principles set out in the agreements between
the United Nations and the other organizations of the common system and in the
statute of the Commission as accepted by those organizations, which aim at the
development of a single unified international civil service through the
application of common personnel standards, methods and arrangements;
 
      3.    Takes note of the report by the Administrative Committee on
Coordination on the review of the functioning of the Commission and of the
views expressed by the Commission on this question, as contained in volume II
of its report;
 
      4.    Affirms the validity of the statute of the Commission;
 
      5.    Takes note with appreciation of the improvements that have taken
place in the functioning of the Commission, and encourages the Commission to
pursue further improvements in its functioning, with a view to enhancing its
responsiveness within the common system to the concerns and needs of the
different organizations;
 
      6.    Reaffirms the right of the Commission under its statute to hold
executive meetings, whilst acknowledging the importance of maintaining the
fullest possible participation of organizations and staff in the work of the
Commission;
 
      7.    Invites the Commission to continue to enhance its contacts with
the governing bodies, executive heads and staff of organizations of the common
system in order to strengthen the cohesiveness and unity of that system and,
in this context, to emphasize its advantages;
 
      8.    Endorses the efforts of the Commission to maintain the integrity
and unity of the conditions of service of the staff of the common system in
order to strengthen the effectiveness of common system activities and to
ensure equity of treatment of all staff;
 
      9.    Requests the governing bodies of the organizations of the common
system to invite the Commission to be represented at their respective meetings
when matters concerning salaries, allowances, benefits and other conditions of
employment are considered;
 
      10.   Expresses its appreciation to the Commission for the improvements
in the presentation of its annual reports and invites the Commission to
continue its efforts to enhance the clarity and transparency of its reports
and to rationalize its work programme;
 
      11.   Calls upon Member States to see to it that the goals and
objectives of the common system embodied in the decisions and recommendations
of the Commission, as agreed by the General Assembly, are fully reflected in
decisions of the governing bodies of the organizations of the common system;
 
                            II
 
REGULATION AND COORDINATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMON SYSTEM
 
      Recalling its resolution 45/268 of 28 June 1991, in which it emphasized
the obligations of all organizations of the United Nations common system to
consult and cooperate fully with the International Civil Service Commission
and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board on matters relating to
conditions of service and pensions,
 
      Emphasizing the importance of, and benefits derived from, maintaining a
coherent and unified common system,
 
      1.    Recalls that executive heads of the organizations of the United
Nations common system have a responsibility to ensure that they apply their
organization's rules and regulations with due regard to their obligations
under the common system;
 
      2.    Deplores the decision of the International Telecommunication Union
to grant a special post allowance to headquarters staff at the Professional
and higher levels, which is contrary to the norms of the common system, and
requests the governing body of the Union to respect its obligations under the
common system;
 
      3.    Endorses the view of the International Civil Service Commission
that the action taken by the International Telecommunication Union in regard
to special post allowances is incompatible with the concept of the common
system;
 
      4.    Regrets that the decision of the Governing Body of the
International Labour Organisation to establish a voluntary thrift benefit fund
was taken without prior consultation with the Commission;
 
      5.    Stresses that the actions of the International Telecommunication
Union and the International Labour Organisation should in no way be invoked as
precedents by other organizations of the common system or by the International
Telecommunication Union and the International Labour Organisation themselves;
 
      6.    Notes the decision of the Coordination Committee of the World
Intellectual Property Organization to establish a working group on
Professional remuneration and, in this regard, requests the Coordination
Committee to involve fully the relevant common system bodies in the working
group and to seek the views of these bodies, as appropriate, on any report or
conclusions reached and to have the latter submitted concurrently with the
report of the working group to the Governing Body of the World Intellectual
Property Organization;
 
      7.    Invites the executive heads of the organizations of the common
system to consult the Commission and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension
Board before putting proposals relating to conditions of service of staff to
their respective governing bodies, in order to avoid action inconsistent with
the statute of the Commission and the regulations of the United Nations Joint
Staff Pension Fund as accepted by the organizations;
 
      8.    Reiterates its appeal to the organizations of the United Nations
common system to refrain from seeking to establish for their staff, whether by
provisions in their staff regulations or by other means, additional
entitlements and benefits, as such actions would be detrimental to the common
system under which all staff should receive equal treatment, irrespective of
their employing organizations;
 
      9.    Urges the governing bodies of the organizations of the common
system to respect fully decisions taken by the General Assembly, on the
recommendations of the Commission and the Pension Board, in respect of the
conditions of service of the staff;
 
      10.   Invites the Commission and the Pension Board to make appropriate
recommendations for enhancing respect for and adherence to the common system
of salaries, allowances and conditions of service by all governing bodies;
 
                               III
 
STAFF ASSESSMENT RATES FOR THE GENERAL SERVICE AND RELATED CATEGORIES
 
      1.    Approves, for the General Service and related categories of staff
and with effect from 1 January 1992, the scale of staff assessment rates
contained in annex I to volume I of the report of the International Civil
Service Commission and the modalities for its implementation as contained in
paragraph 88 of volume I of the report;
 
      2.    Also approves, with effect from 1 January 1992, the amendments to
the Staff Regulations of the United Nations, as set forth in annex I,
paragraph 2, to the present resolution, to replace the present scale of staff
assessment for the General Service and related categories;
 
                                IV
 
                        MARGIN CONSIDERATIONS
 
      Recalling that in section I, paragraph 2, of its resolution 40/244 of 18
December 1985, it approved a range of 110 to 120, with a desirable mid-point
of 115, for the margin between the net remuneration of officials in the
Professional and higher categories of the United Nations in New York and that
of officials in comparable positions in the United States federal civil
service, on the understanding that the margin would be maintained around the
desirable mid-point over a period of time,
 
      Recalling also that in section I.C, paragraph 5, of its resolution
44/198, it requested the International Civil Service Commission to monitor the
annual net remuneration margin over the five-year period beginning in calendar
year 1990 with a view to ensuring, to the extent possible, that by the end of
that period the average of the successive annual margins is around the
desirable mid-point of 115,
 
      Recalling further that in section VII of its resolution 45/241 of 21
December 1990, it requested the Commission to continue to monitor the
evolution of the margin and also the impact of the potential changes in the
United States federal civil service pay levels, as a result of the
implementation of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, and to
submit recommendations to the General Assembly at its forty-sixth session,
with a view to avoiding a prolonged freeze of post adjustment within the five-
year period from the calendar year 1990,
 
      Taking note of the recommendations of the Commission as contained in
paragraph 116 of volume I of its report and of the views expressed thereon by
the Administrative Committee on Coordination and by Member States in the Fifth
Committee,
 
      Taking note also of the information provided by the Commission in
respect of the anticipated effects of the implementation of the Federal
Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 on pay levels in the comparator civil
service and hence on the margin,
 
      1.    Decides, without prejudice to previous decisions on the averaging
of the margin around the mid-point over a five-year period, that any post
adjustment increase in New York which may become due until 1994 may be
implemented to the extent that it is compatible with the upper limit of the
margin;
 
      2.    Requests the International Civil Service Commission to continue to
monitor further implementation of the comparator's Federal Employees Pay
Comparability Act of 1990, including the impact of its locality pay provisions
in 1994, and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth
session, in order to enable the Assembly to address the issue of the average
margin over a five-year period around the desirable mid-point of 115;
 
      3.    Endorses the procedure proposed for the management of the post
adjustment system within the current margin range as contained in paragraph
109 (b) of volume I of the report of the Commission;
 
                              V
 
                     THE BASE/FLOOR SCALE
 
      Recalling section I.E. of its resolution 44/198, by which it introduced
a mobility and hardship allowance, with effect from 1 July 1990,
 
      Recalling also section I.H of the same resolution, by which it approved
the establishment of a floor net salary scale, with effect from the same date,
by reference to the corresponding base net salary levels of officials in
comparable positions serving at the base city of the comparator civil service,
 
      Recalling further its request to the International Civil Service
Commission to report to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh session on
the operation of the mobility and hardship allowance and the assignment grant,
and taking into account the views expressed in the Fifth Committee on this
matter, in particular on the link between the floor net salary scale and the
mobility and hardship allowance,
 
      1.    Requests the International Civil Service Commission to include in
its report, to be submitted to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh
session, a cost-benefit analysis of the operation of the mobility and hardship
allowance, as well as an assessment of the personnel management benefits and
details of savings achieved in other administrative costs with the
introduction of the current arrangements;
 
      2.    Approves, with effect from 1 March 1992, the revised scale of
gross and net salaries for staff in the Professional and higher categories
contained in annex II to the present resolution and the consequential
amendments to the Staff Regulations of the United Nations, as reflected in
annex I, paragraph 1, to the present resolution;
 
                           VI
 
                        COMPARATOR
 
      Reaffirming that the Noblemaire principle should continue to serve as
the basis of comparison between United Nations common system emoluments and
those of the highest-paid civil service,
 
      Recalling that in section I.B of its resolution 44/198, the General
Assembly requested the International Civil Service Commission to propose at
its forty-sixth session a methodology for carrying out checks every five years
to determine which is the highest-paid civil service,
 
      1.    Endorses the conclusions of the International Civil Service
Commission in respect of a methodology for conducting checks to determine the
highest-paid civil service, as contained in annex V to volume I of its report,
and requests that the development and application of this methodology be
carried out as economically as possible;
 
      2.    Invites the Commission to analyse, in conjunction with the
information requested in section IV, paragraph 2, of the present resolution,
the potential consequences of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of
1990 on the pay levels of the current comparator, the United States federal
civil service, providing in the analysis full details of all the special pay
systems which have been introduced by the comparator civil service, and report
thereon to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session;
 
      3.    Requests the Commission to seek the views of the General Assembly
on this matter after the completion of phase I of the methodology;
 
                             VII
 
     CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF ASSISTANT SECRETARIES-GENERAL
                 AND UNDER-SECRETARIES-GENERAL
 
      Recalling section V of its resolution 45/241 by which it requested the
International Civil Service Commission to reconsider, in a comprehensive
manner, the remuneration of staff of the organizations of the United Nations
common system at the Assistant Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General and
equivalent levels,
 
      Taking note  of the recommendations of the Commission as contained in
paragraph 173 of volume I of its report,
 
      Noting that proposals are being advanced for the restructuring of the
Secretariat and that the Secretary-General intends to conduct a review of
representation allowances, honorariums and related matters,
 
      Taking note  of the views expressed by the Administrative Committee on
Coordination, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions
and Member States in the Fifth Committee on this question,
 
      Decides to defer until its forty-seventh session a decision on the
recommendations of the International Civil Service Commission regarding the
conditions of service of staff of the organizations of the United Nations
common system at the Assistant Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General and
equivalent levels;
                                 VIII
 
                    PERSONNEL POLICY CONSIDERATIONS
 
      Recalling its request in section XII of its resolution 45/241 that the
International Civil Service Commission resume active consideration of the
substantive areas covered under articles 13 and 14 of the statute of the
Commission,
 
      Recalling also the views contained in its resolutions 43/226 and 44/198
in the area of motivation and productivity of staff, including recognition of
outstanding performance,
 
      Stressing the importance of the Commission actively pursuing its mandate
in respect of personnel policy and, in particular, of motivating the staff of
the organizations of the United Nations common system,
 
      Invites the International Civil Service Commission to pursue, as a
matter of priority, its review of merit systems and performance appraisal in
the common system as a vehicle for enhancing productivity and cost-
effectiveness;
 
                                   IX
 
                             WORK PROGRAMME
 
      1.    Takes note of the revisions which it has been necessary for the
International Civil Service Commission to make to its work programme in
connection with reports requested by the General Assembly:
 
      (a)   On the measurement of the housing element in the remuneration
package; 
 
      (b)   In respect of the establishment of a pilot project to simulate the
operation of the proposals of the Commission in a limited number of field duty
stations where valid housing comparisons were difficult or impossible;
 
      (c)   In respect of a revised rental subsidy scheme;
 
      (d)   Regarding the granting of expatriate entitlements to staff members
living in their home countries while stationed at duty stations located in
another country;
 
      (e)   In respect of the methodology for the determination of dependency
allowances;
 
      2.    Requests the Commission to submit these reports at the earliest
opportunity;
 
      3.    Also requests the Commission to include in its work programme a
review of the differences between United Nations and United States net
remuneration at individual grade levels and to report to the General Assembly
at the earliest opportunity;
                                  X
 
                GENERAL SERVICE SALARY SURVEY METHODOLOGY
 
      Recalling section XIII, paragraph 4, of its resolution 45/241, in which
it noted that the International Civil Service Commission would review in 1991
the methodology for the conduct of salary surveys of the General Service and
related categories at headquarters duty stations, and requested the Commission
to submit a report thereon to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh
session, 
 
      Recalling also section XIV of the same resolution, in which it requested
the Commission to consider the relativities between the terms and conditions
of service of staff in the Professional and higher categories and those in
other categories, as well as the broader question of the recruitment and
retention of staff,
 
      Taking note  of the results and related implications of the surveys of
best prevailing conditions of service at Geneva and Vienna for the General
Service and related categories of staff, as carried out by the Commission
under article 12 of its statute,
 
      Taking note also of the decision of the Commission to complete in 1992
its review of the methodology for conducting surveys of best prevailing
conditions of employment for the General Service and related categories of
staff at headquarters locations,
 
      Requests the International Civil Service Commission speedily to conclude
these reviews and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its forty-
seventh session.
                                    ANNEX I
 
           Amendments to the Staff Regulations of the United Nations
 
                                 Regulation 3.3
1.   Replace the second table in paragraph (b) (i)  by the  following table:
 
                                                  Staff assessment rates used
                                                   in conjunction with gross
                                                          base salaries
                                                _____________________________
                                                Staff member     Staff member
                                                   with a        with neither
                                                 dependent        a dependent
                                                 spouse or        spouse nor
           Total assessable payments            a dependent       a dependent
                 (US dollars)                      child             child
 
First $15 000 per year  ....................      13.0              17.3
Next  $ 5 000 per year  ....................      31.0              34.3
Next  $ 5 000 per year  ....................      34.0              38.5
Next  $ 5 000 per year  ....................      37.0              41.8
Next  $ 5 000 per year  ....................      39.0              43.8
Next  $10 000 per year  ....................      41.0              45.9
Next  $10 000 per year  ....................      43.0              48.1
Next  $10 000 per year  ....................      45.0              50.4
Next  $15 000 per year  ....................      46.0              51.0
Next  $20 000 per year  ....................      47.0              52.6
Remaining assessable payments  .............      48.0              57.0
 
2.   Replace the table in paragraph (b) (ii) by the following  table:
 
              Total assessable payments              Assessment
                    (US dollars)                    (percentage)
              __________________________________________________
              First $2 000 per year ..............      15
              Next  $2 000 per year ..............      18
              Next  $2 000 per year ..............      20
              Next  $2 000 per year ..............      21
              Next  $4 000 per year ..............      22
              Next  $4 000 per year ..............      23
              Next  $4 000 per year ..............      24
              Next  $6 000 per year ..............      25
              Next  $6 000 per year ..............      25.5
              Next  $6 000 per year ..............      26
              Next  $8 000 per year ..............      26.5
              Next  $8 000 per year ..............      27
              Next  $8 000 per year ..............      27.5
              Next  $8 000 per year ..............      28
              Remaining assessable payments.......      29
              __________________________________________________
 
 
                                ANNEX II
 
Salary scale for the Professional and higher categories showing annual gross
salaries and net equivalents after application of staff assessment*
                              (US dollars)
Effective 1 March 1992
                        S           T           E           P           S
Level          I       II     III      IV      V       VI      VII    VIII     IX       X       XI    XII    XIII     XIV     XV
 
Under-Secretary-General
USG Gross...137 508
    Net D... 81 304
    Net S... 73 003
Assistant-Secretary-General
ASG Gross...124 560
    Net D... 74 571
    Net S... 67 436
Director 
D-2 Gross...101 163 103 504 105 844 108 183 110 523 112 863
    Net D... 62 405  63 622  64 839  66 055  67 272  68 489
    Net S... 57 375  58 382  59 388  60 394  61 400  62 406
Principal Officer
D-1 Gross... 89 026  90 992  92 958  94 923  96 889  98 855 100 837 102 840 104 842
    Net D... 55 984  57 026  58 068  59 109  60 151  61 193  62 235  63 277  64 318
    Net S... 51 673  52 605  53 537  54 469  55 400  56 332  57 235  58 096  58 957
Senior Officer
P-5 Gross..  78 037  79 783  81 558  83 338  85 117  86 894  88 674  90 453  92 230  94 009  95 789  97 566  99 34
    Net D..  50 140  51 083  52 026  52 969  53 912  54 854  55 797  56 740  57 682  58 625  59 568  60 510  61 45
    Net S..  46 433  47 289  48 133  48 977  49 820  50 663  51 506  52 350  53 192  54 035  54 879  55 721  56 56
First Officer
P-4 Gross..  63 635  65 313  67 015  68 717  70 420  72 122  73 824  75 528  77 230  78 931  80 645  82 383  84 117  85 851 87 587
    Net D..  42 349  43 269  44 188  45 107  46 027  46 946  47 865  48 785  49 704  50 623  51 542  52 463  53 382  54 301 55 221
    Net S..  39 368  40 198  41 032  41 866  42 701  43 535  44 369  45 204  46 038  46 871  47 701  48 525  49 346  50 168 50 991
Second Officer
P-3 Gross..  51 421  52 937  54 453  56 002  57 573  59 142  60 713  62 284  63 855  65 433  67 031  68 631  70 230  71 830 73 430
    Net D..  35 560  36 424  37 288  38 151  39 015  39 878  40 742  41 606  42 470  43 334  44 197  45 061  45 924  46 788 47 652
    Net S..  33 227  34 014  34 801  35 582  36 361  37 139  37 919  38 698  39 477  40 257  41 040  41 824  42 608  43 392 44 176
Associate Officer
P-2 Gross..  40 903  42 214  43 522  44 832  46 181  47 535  48 891  50 246  51 602  52 956  54 311  55 691
    Net D..  29 483  30 256  31 028  31 801  32 573  33 345  34 118  34 890  35 663  36 435  37 207  37 980
    Net S..  27 679  28 388  29 095  29 804  30 508  31 211  31 914  32 618  33 321  34 024  34 727  35 428
Assistant Officer
P-1 Gross..  30 638  31 856  33 072  34 290  35 524  36 781  38 041  39 298  40 556  41 815
    Net D..  23 339  24 082  24 824  25 567  26 309  27 051  27 794  28 536  29 278  30 021
    Net S..  22 034  22 718  23 401  24 086  24 768  25 449  26 130  26 810  27 491  28 172
 
    D =  Rate applicable to staff members with a dependent spouse or child.
    S =  Rate applicable to staff members with no dependent spouse or child.
    *    This scale represents the result of a consolidation of six multiplier
points of post adjustment into net base salary.  There will be consequential
adjustments in the post adjustment indices and multipliers effective 1 March
1992.  Thereafter changes in post adjustment classifications  will be the
newly consolidated post adjustment indices.
 
                                  B
 
    The General Assembly,
 
    Recalling its resolution 45/268 of 28 June 1991 and, in particular, its
resolution 46/191 A of 20 December 1991,
 
    Emphasizing the importance of, and benefits derived from, maintaining a
coherent and unified United Nations common system,
 
    Acknowledging that the United Nations common system should be responsive
to the special needs and concerns of the participating organizations, while
emphasizing that such needs and concerns should be addressed within the common
system,
 
    Emphasizing the obligation of all organizations of the United Nations
common system to consult and cooperate fully with the International Civil
Service Commission and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board on matters
relating to conditions of service and pensions,
 
    Noting that the Administrative Council of the International
Telecommunication Union recognized, in its resolution No. 1024 of 8 July 1992,
that the action taken by the Union in regard to a special post allowance was
incompatible with the common system,
 
    Considering that the adoption of Administrative Council resolution No.
1024 does not prohibit further payment of the special post allowance,
 
    Recognizing that such payment is in contravention of staff regulation 3.8
(b) of the International Telecommunication Union as well as the accepted norms
of the United Nations common system,
 
    Noting with deep concern that prior consultation with the International
Civil Service Commission by the International Telecommunication Union as
called for in General Assembly resolution 46/191 A, section II, paragraph 7,
had not taken place,
 
    1.   Strongly deplores the decision of the Secretary-General of the
International Telecommunication Union to make payment of the special post
allowance to headquarters Professional staff in the circumstances described in
paragraphs 33 to 35 of the report of the International Civil Service
Commission;
 
    2.   Determines that such payment is in contravention of General Assembly
resolution 46/191 A;
 
    3.   Regrets that the Administrative Council of the International
Telecommunication Union did not explicitly exclude further payment of the
special post allowance;
 
    4.   Reiterates its endorsement of the view of the International Civil
Service Commission that the action taken by the International
Telecommunication Union in regard to special post allowances is incompatible
with the common system;
 
    5.   Calls upon executive heads and governing bodies of the United Nations
common system to respect fully the decisions taken by the General Assembly, on
the recommendations of the International Civil Service Commission and the
United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board, concerning the conditions of service
of the staff, and points out that failure to do so on the part of any
organization could prejudice its claim to enjoy the benefits of participation
in the common system;
 
    6.   Stresses that the action of the International Telecommunication Union
should in no way be invoked as a precedent by other organizations or by the
Union itself;
 
    7.   Calls again upon the organizations of the United Nations common
system to refrain from seeking to establish for their staff, whether by
provisions in their staff regulations or by other means, additional
entitlements and benefits;
 
    8.   Requests the executive heads of the participating organizations to
consult the International Civil Service Commission and the United Nations
Joint Staff Pension Board prior to the submission of proposals relating to
staff conditions of service to their respective governing bodies, in order to
avoid action inconsistent with the statute of the Commission and the
Regulations of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund as accepted by the
organizations;
 
    9.   Requests the International Civil Service Commission, at its current
session, to assess the impact on the United Nations common system of
resolution No. 1024 of the Administrative Council of the International
Telecommunication Union with respect to the payment of the special post
allowance, the interpretation of staff rules and the convening of the
tripartite consultative group outside the rules of procedure of the
Commission, and to recommend in its report to the General Assembly at its
forty-seventh session appropriate measures to be taken by the Assembly;
 
    10.   Also requests the International Civil Service Commission, at its
current session, to propose measures to be undertaken by all organizations of
the United Nations common system to enforce and enhance respect for, and
adherence to, the common system of salaries, allowances and conditions of
service, and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its forty-seventh
session, as well as on its consideration of the question of the improvement of
the responsiveness of the common system to the concerns and needs of the
different organizations;
 
    11.   Calls upon the Economic and Social Council, at its substantive
session of 1993, to review and, where appropriate, strengthen the applicable
sections of the relationship agreements between the United Nations and member
organizations of the United Nations common system, in particular article VIII
of the Agreement between the United Nations and the International
Telecommunication Union, in order to enhance comparability and further
adherence to the goals and objectives of the common system;
 
    12.   Requests the International Telecommunication Union to ensure that
any consultative meeting convened pursuant to Administrative Council
resolution No.  1024 proceeds with the clear awareness that the General
Assembly is the authority for determining conformity with the United Nations
common system.