United Nations

A/RES/51/216


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

13 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 121


                 RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

             [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/745)]


             51/216.  United Nations common system:  report of
                      the International Civil Service
                      Commission

                    The General Assembly,

          Having considered the twenty-second 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 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 national civil
service,

          Recalling further section I.A of its resolution 50/208 of 23
December 1995, by which it decided to defer consideration of the
Noblemaire principle and its application and requested the
International Civil Service Commission to review the recommendations
and conclusions contained in chapter III.A of its twenty-first annual
report, 6/ taking into account the views expressed by Member States
at the fiftieth session of the General Assembly, in particular
regarding the appropriateness of the reduction of dominance and the
treatment of bonuses in determining net remuneration comparisons,

          1.  Reconfirms the continued application of the Noblemaire
principle;

          2.  Reaffirms the need to continue to ensure the competitiveness
of the conditions of service of the United Nations common system;


                                B.  Comparator

          1.  Takes note of the further steps taken by the International
Civil Service Commission to complete its study to identify the highest
paid national civil service, as outlined in paragraph 47 of the
addendum to its twenty-first annual report; 7/

          2.  Decides to consider at its fifty-second session the report
of the Commission as contained in paragraphs 33 to 47 of the addendum
to its twenty-first annual report;


            C.  Margin considerations and base/floor salary scale

          Recalling that, in the past, the General Assembly had requested
the International Civil Service Commission to make recommendations on
the net remuneration margin methodology and that the Assembly has
taken decisions in this regard,

          Recalling also that, by section I.C, paragraph 3, of its
resolution 44/198, it had endorsed the methodological approach for the
calculation of the net remuneration margin as outlined in paragraph
173 (d) of volume II of the fifteenth annual report of the
Commission, 8/

          Recalling further section VIII of its resolution 46/191 A of 20
December 1991, by which the Commission was invited to pursue, as a
matter of priority, its review of merit systems and performance
appraisal in the United Nations common system as a vehicle for
enhancing productivity and cost-effectiveness, as well as section VII
of its resolution 49/223 of 23 December 1994,

          1.  Decides that the net remuneration margin methodology without
the modifications in paragraph 119 (b) (ii) and (iii) of the twenty-
first annual report of the International Civil Service Commission 6/
should continue to apply;

          2.  Reaffirms that the range of 110 to 120, with a desirable
mid-point of 115, for the margin between net remuneration of officials
in the Professional and higher categories of the United Nations in New
York and officials in comparable positions in the United States
federal civil service should continue to apply, on the understanding
that the margin would be maintained at a level around the desirable
mid-point of 115 over a period of time;

          3.  Notes that the margin between 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 for 1996, on the basis of its decision in
paragraph 1 above, is 114.6;

          4.  Approves, with effect from 1 January 1997, the revised scale
of gross and net salaries for staff in the Professional and higher
categories contained in annex I to the present resolution and the
consequential amendment to the Staff Regulations of the United
Nations, as reflected in annex II to the present resolution;

          5.  Reiterates its request contained in section I.A., paragraph
4, of its resolution 50/208 that organizations should collect data to
substantiate the recruitment and retention problems they face in
respect of certain specialized occupations, and that the Commission
should make recommendations for the implementation of special
occupational rates as appropriate;

          6.  Requests the Secretary-General to make operational proposals
to the General Assembly by 1 October 1997, for its consideration at
its fifty-second session, on the possibility of introducing a system
of performance awards or bonuses, in the context of the performance
appraisal system, to a limited number of staff in recognition of their
outstanding performance and specific achievements in a given year;

          7.  Invites the executive heads of the organizations of the
United Nations common system to develop and submit proposals to their
relevant intergovernmental bodies, as a matter of priority, on the
possibility of introducing performance awards or bonuses to a limited
number of staff in recognition of their outstanding performance and
specific achievements in a given year, and to coordinate, to the
extent possible, these proposals with those developed by the
Secretary-General;

          8.  Requests the Commission to provide general comments on the
concept of performance awards and bonuses to the General Assembly at
its fifty-second session;


                          D.  Supplementary payments

          Recalling the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly at its
forty-fifth session regarding the decisions of the International Civil
Service Commission with respect to the practice of some Member States
of making supplementary payments with resp