Statement by Mr. Katsuhiko Imada, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, on Agenda item 136: Global Service Delivery Model, Second resumed session of the Fifth Committee

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 Mr. Chairman,
          At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Central Support Services, and Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chairman of the ACABQ, as well as Mr. Jeremiah Kramer, Inspector and Chair of the JIU, for introducing their respective reports. I wish to present Japan's views on the Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM).
          First of all, let me reiterate that the importance of the 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 it 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 proposal on the GSDM so as to see it successfully launched this coming January, without any delay, 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 transactional and administrative services into a limited number of service centers.
Mr. Chairman,
          My delegation shares the view of the ACABQ that the piecemeal submission of revised documents and the subsequent amendments have resulted in a lack of clarity as to the official documentation that is before us. We further concur with the ACABQ that for the sake of clarity and ease of reference, the Secretariat should have submitted one consolidated revised or re-issued document for the consideration of the General Assembly.
          Having said that, my delegation is interested to know the logic behind the revision that the Secretary-General undertook in reducing the number of shared service centers from the original four to three, after the submission of his original report A/72/801 dated 21 March 2018. We believe that the Secretary-General is in a position to provide us the Member States, in an accountable and transparent way, with a clear rationale by which he decided not to allocate any shared service center in a certain region, while maintaining the so called “follow-the-sun” approach.
          My delegation is of the view that such a rationale must be coherent and consistent, in the sense that it should also have been applicable to his original four location proposal. It should also justify why the number of shared service centers could not be limited to two or one. And lastly it must ultimately convince us why the proposed location is the best solution to enhance the value for money of our collective investment, through integrating and streamlining transactional and administrative services that are “location independent”.
          Finally, Mr. Chairman, my delegation stands ready to work constructively with all other delegations on this important issue in order to reach consensus, while conscious of the limited amount of time left in the session.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.