Statement by Mr. Keisuke Fukuda, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations Agenda Item 141: Human Resources Management

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Mr. Chairman,
          At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to Ms. Martha Helena Lopez, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Human Resources Management and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions for introducing their respective reports.
Mr. Chairman,
          Diversity is one of the defining features of the United Nations, and the diversity of its staff is an asset in tackling its complex task. My delegation welcomes the initiative made by the Secretary-General to launch the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity. The goal is to transform the UN’s institutional culture so that its staff can access and capitalize on their full potential. My delegation would like the Secretary-General to address achieving gender parity as a matter of urgent priority.
          My delegation notes with concern that the average age of UN staff continued to increase slightly over the past five periods, and that reductions of posts have been focused mainly on junior levels. Since a new regulation on the mandatory age of separation is to be implemented by January 2018, the Secretary-General needs to make further efforts to facilitate an influx of young, diverse talent, and give them opportunities to develop their abilities with a view to rejuvenating the workforce of the secretariat.
Mr. Chairman,
          My delegation believes human resources management is a central element of the Secretary-General’s overall reforms and his commitment is essential to creating a modern organization and global workforce. My delegation emphasizes the importance of addressing the challenges facing human resources management while ensuring full compliance with Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations, and looks forward to receiving an updated human resources management framework for the Organization including steps to ensure the representation of underrepresented and unrepresented Member States at seventy-third session of the General Assembly.
          Finally, my delegation is committed to participating positively and constructively in the negotiations on this important issue.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.