Statement by Mr. Katsuhiko Imada, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, On agenda item 134: Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations, Second resumed session of the Fifth Committee

(As delivered)
Mr. Chairman,
 
          At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to Ms. Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chairman of the ABABQ, for introducing their respective reports. I wish to present Japan's views on the issues related to the proposed UN Management Reform.
 
          First of all, let me reiterate that Japan supports and will continue to support the bold initiative and leadership of Secretary-General Guterres toward the realization of impactful UN reform. We believe that all three strands of his reform initiatives are intended to bring us an Organization that is more efficient, effective, and accountable.
 
          Like many other Member States, Japan places great importance on enhancing the accountability and transparency of this Organization. This aspect is of critical importance when we address the reform proposal before us, as we believe that enhanced accountability and transparency are an essential basis for the decentralization of decision-making and delegation of authority. Through the reform initiative of the Secretary-General, we would like to see accountability and transparency clearly enhanced in the streamlined work of the Secretariat and mainstreamed as central principle in the culture of the Organization.
 
          In this regard, my delegation believes it is worthwhile for the Secretariat to consider making relevant information concerning the performance of individual programs available to the general public, as appropriate, in addition to making such information accessible to the Member States through dashboards, bearing in mind that the work of the Secretariat is funded by our collective investment, and is ultimately borne by the taxpayers of the Member States.
 
Mr. Chairman,
 
          The importance of the Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM), which forms an integral part of the Management Reform vision of Secretary-General Guterres, cannot be over emphasized. Japan has been a strong supporter of the concept behind the GSDM since its inception, as we believe that this will be a means to enhance the value for money of our collective investment in the Organization. We look forward to discussing the Secretary-General’s new proposal on the GSDM so as to see it successfully launched as proposed this coming January under the strong leadership of the Secretary-General, and expect it to bring about tangible improvements in the efficiency of the management of the Secretariat through integrating and streamlining location independent administrative services into a limited number of service centers.
 
Mr. Chairman,
 
          With the arrival of Secretary-General Guterres, we now have unprecedented momentum toward a long-awaited UN reform. We should collectively seize this opportunity with a view to realizing a more efficient, effective and accountable United Nations. For that purpose, our role as Member States is to unanimously support the initiative by the Secretary-General and to reach decisions at this session that will enable the Secretary-General to continue to act on his commitment to lead the effort on UN reform, without letting the bureaucracy prevail, and without letting the Organization continue to function in a “business as usual” manner.
 
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.