The United Nations Secretariat has adopted a new 10-year Climate Action Plan aimed at transforming its operations to achieve a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing 80 per cent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The plan is aligned with the United Nations system sustainability management strategy (2020-2030) and the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Catherine Pollard of Guyana as the next Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. She will succeed Jan Beagle of New Zealand to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her extraordinary work in management reform in the United Nations system and 40 years of dedicated service to the Organization.
Advancing the Secretary-General’s “zero tolerance” vision, and priority agenda to address sexual harassment in the workplace, a Model Code of Conduct has been developed to prevent harassment, including sexual harassment, at UN system events.
To establish a dialogue with heads of entity who received enhanced delegated authority from the Secretary-General on 1 January 2019, the Under-Secretaries-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) and for Operational Support (DOS) co-chaired two regional briefings, with support from their Assistant Secretaries-General in late January. At the time of the workshops, most heads of entity had accepted their delegation of authority via an online portal.
Business Transformation and Accountability (BTA)—a critical pillar of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC)—is a shining example of innovative transformation afforded by the new management paradigm.
The launch of the new Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) on 1 January 2019 was a critical step in the path to make the Secretary‑General’s vision for a nimbler, more responsive United Nations a reality.
The vision for management reform is to improve programme delivery by aligning responsibility for mandate implementation with the authority to manage resources, simplifying the administrative policy framework of the Secretariat, and moving decision-making closer to the point of delivery.
To support the shift to a decentralized management paradigm, the General Assembly approved the establishment of two new departments - the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) and the Department of Operational Support (DOS). On 1 January 2019, both departments were launched.
On management issues, DMSPC has a clear policy, strategy and compliance role, while DOS is focused on operations, services, transactions and support to entities in weak environments.
Preliminary Results of this year’s carbon emissions indicate that the United Nations Headquarters will be carbon neutral for the first time ever. According to current estimates, the United Nations Headquarters carbon footprint for 2018 will be entirely compensated by Adaptation Fund Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs).
On 16 October, the Secretary-General launched the Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy. The project was developed by a collaborative multidisciplinary, multi-agency working group, under the auspices of the High Level Committee on Management, in response to the findings of the UN Mental Health and Wellbeing survey.
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