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A/RES/50/208


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9 February 1996ORIGINAL:
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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 121


           RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

        [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/844)]


          50/208. United Nations common system: report
                  of the International Civil Service
                  Commission

     The General Assembly,

     Having considered the twenty-first annual report of the
International Civil Service Commission  1/ and other related
reports,  2/

     Reaffirming its commitment to a single unified United
Nations common system as the cornerstone for the regulation and
coordination of the conditions of service of the United Nations
common system,

     Reaffirming also the central role of the Commission in the
regulation and coordination of the conditions of service of the
United Nations common system,

     Taking note of the statement of the Administrative Committee
on Coordination  3/ and of the introductory statement of the
Secretary-General regarding the report of the Commission,  4/


                                I

            CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF THE PROFESSIONAL
                      AND HIGHER CATEGORIES

           A. Examination of the Noblemaire principle
                       and its application

     Recalling its resolutions related to the study of all
aspects of the application of the Noblemaire principle,  5/

     Recalling also section I.B of its resolution 44/198 of 21
December 1989, by which it reaffirmed that the Noblemaire
principle should continue to serve as the basis of comparison
between United Nations emoluments and those of the highest-paying
civil service,

     Taking note of chapter III of the report of the
International Civil Service Commission 1/ in respect of grade
equivalencies with the comparator civil service, the evolution of
the margin, the identification of the highest-paid national civil
service and the collection of reference data from other
international organizations, as well as the views expressed
thereon by Member States in the Fifth Committee of the General
Assembly,

     Reconfirming the continued application of the Noblemaire
principle,

     Reaffirming the need to continue to ensure the
competitiveness of the United Nations common system conditions of
service,

     1.   Decides to defer its consideration of chapter III.A of
the report of the International Civil Service Commission until
its resumed fiftieth session, and requests the Commission to
review its recommendations and conclusions, taking into account
the views expressed by Member States in the Fifth Committee of
the General Assembly, in particular regarding the appropriateness
of reduction of dominance and the treatment of bonuses in
determining net remuneration comparisons, so as to assist in that
consideration, and to adjust its programme of work accordingly;

     2.   Takes note of the results of the study to identify the
highest-paid national civil service, as set out in paragraph 172
(b) of the report of the Commission, bearing in mind the views
expressed thereon by the Member State concerned;

     3.   Requests the Commission and the national civil service
authorities concerned to resolve the outstanding difficulties in
comparing differently designed civil services and grading
systems, within the approved methodology, and to clarify the
conclusions set out in paragraph 172 (b) (ii) and (iii) of its
report, in order to complete the study on the highest-paid
national civil service, and to report thereon to the General
Assembly;

     4.   Takes note of the recruitment and retention problems
faced by some organizations in respect of certain specialized
occupations, recalls its endorsement in principle of the use of
special occupational rates in organizations with problems of
recruitment and retention, and, in this context, requests the
organizations to collect data to substantiate those problems, and
the Commission to make recommendations regarding the conditions
for the application of such rates, as appropriate;


                   B. Post adjustment matters

     Recalling its request in section II.G of its resolution
48/224 of 23 December 1993, regarding place-to-place surveys
conducted at headquarters duty stations,

     Taking note of the decisions reached by the International
Civil Service Commission in paragraphs 280, 294, 296 and 297 of
its report in respect of the operation of the post adjustment
system,

     1.   Welcomes the establishment by the International Civil
Service Commission of a working group to examine the post
adjustment system;

     2.   Requests the Commission to establish in 1996, in
respect of staff members whose duty station is Geneva, a single
post adjustment index which is fully representative of the cost
of living of all staff working in the duty station and which
ensures equality of treatment with staff in other headquarters
duty stations;

     3.   Also requests the Commission to address and refer to
its working group on post adjustment, as appropriate, the
concerns raised by Member States in the Fifth Committee regarding
the operation of the post adjustment system, including, inter
alia, the issue of the post adjustment at the base of the common
system, management of the differential in net remuneration
between the common system and its comparator, developments in the
comparator civil service and the possible partial phasing out of
the expatriate elements of the margin for staff with long service
at one duty station, and requests the Commission to review all
the issues relating to the post adjustment system based on the
study by its working group and to report thereon to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session;


                               II

     GENERAL SERVICE AND OTHER LOCALLY RECRUITED CATEGORIES

     Recalling section III, paragraph 1, of its resolution 47/216
of 23 December 1992, in which it endorsed the reaffirmation by
the International Civil Service Commission of the Flemming
principle as the basis for the determination of conditions of
service of the General Service and related categories,


     Recalling also section IV.A of its resolution 49/223 of 23
December 1994, by which it requested the Commission to proceed
with the current round of surveys at headquarters duty stations,

     1.   Notes that the International Civil Service Commission
will provide a further report on the methodology for surveys of
best prevailing local conditions of employment at headquarters
duty stations following the completion of the comprehensive
review of the salary survey methodology in 1997;

     2.   Requests the Commission, as part of its review of the
methodology for salary setting for staff in the General Service
and other locally recruited categories, to resolve, to the extent
possible, inconsistencies between this methodology and the one
which is applied pursuant to the Noblemaire principle, inter
alia, by examining the question of overlap in remuneration
between the two categories;

     3.   Takes note of the results of the salary surveys in New
York, Geneva and Rome as reported in chapter IV of the report of
the Commission; 1/


                               III

                         WORK PROGRAMME

     Recalling section V, paragraph 2, of its resolution 48/224,
in which it urged the International Civil Service Commission to
devote further attention to personnel management issues,

     1.   Requests the International Civil Service Commission to
examine means of reducing the costs of its studies;

     2.   Also requests the Commission and the executive heads of
the organizations of the United Nations common system to ensure
that adequate attention is given to all aspects of human
resources management, including the improvement of non-monetary
aspects of conditions of service, as set out, for example, in
article 14 of the statute of the Commission;

     3.   Further requests the Commission to give priority to the
matters addressed in section I of the present resolution in its
programme of work;


                               IV

                  FUNCTIONING OF THE COMMISSION

     Recalling section II, paragraph 5, of its resolution 49/223,
in which it requested the staff bodies, the organizations and the
International Civil Service Commission to review with all urgency
how the consultative process of the Commission could best be
furthered and to report thereon to the General Assembly,

     1.   Reaffirms the validity of the statute of the
International Civil Service Commission and in particular article
6 thereof, whereby its members shall perform their functions in
full independence and with impartiality;

     2.   Welcomes the Commission's decision, as contained in
paragraphs 54 to 56 of its report, 1/ to implement a number of
measures to improve its effectiveness and to introduce, on a
trial basis, revised arrangements for the timing and length of
its sessions, and, in that context, requests the Commission to
enhance further the transparency of its work, taking into account
the relevant articles of the statute and its rules of procedure;

     3.   Calls upon Member States and the Secretary-General, in
the context of articles 3 and 4 of the statute of the Commission,
to ensure through the selection process of candidates for
appointment that the Commission has the requisite technical
skills and broad managerial experience among its membership;

     4.   Notes that the representatives of the Coordinating
Committee for International Staff Unions and Associations of the
United Nations System and the Federation of International Civil
Servants' Associations have both suspended participation in the
work of the Commission, and calls upon those bodies to resume
participation in the work of the Commission in a spirit of
cooperation and non-confrontation;

     5.   Requests the Commission to ensure that its reports
contain clear and readily understandable explanations of its
technical recommendations.


                                            100th plenary meeting
                                                 23 December 1995


                              Notes

1/        A/50/30.

2/        A/C.5/50/5, A/C.5/50/11, A/C.5/50/23, A/C.5/50/24 and
Corr.1 and A/C.5/50/29.

3/        A/C.5/50/11, annex.

4/        See A/C.5/50/SR. 28.

5/        Resolution 46/191 A, sects. IV and VI; resolution
47/216, sect. II.C; resolution 48/224, sects. II.A and B; and
resolution 49/223, sect. III.A.

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