Statement by Mr. KAWASAKI Yuta
First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Agenda item 142: UN Common System
Main Part of the 78th Session of the Fifth Committee
of the United Nations General Assembly
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At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Larbi Djacta, Chair of the International Civil Service Commission; Ms. Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance; and Mr. Abdallah Bachar Bong, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, for introducing their respective reports.
My delegation fully supports the purpose of the UN Common System; namely, to apply common standards, methods and arrangements to salaries, allowances and benefits for the staff of the United Nations system, in order to avoid serious discrepancies in the terms and conditions of employment and competition in the recruitment of personnel, and to facilitate the interchange of personnel.
In order to maintain the confidence placed in it, the Common System needs to remain fair and sustainable through continuous review, and must reflect changes in economic situations, including the cost of living. In this regard, the International Civil Service Commission plays a key role in reviewing the system and guiding all entities under the Common System in order to ensure its coherence and effective management. My delegation recognize that upcoming comprehensive review of compensation package is a critical opportunity to make the system more sustainable and attractive, in particular for younger generation, and look forward to discussing the guidance from General Assembly on this matter.
In terms of the consistency and stability of the Common System, the General Assembly approved the amendments of ICSC statute at the 77th session. While some organizations are processing acceptance and implementation of the amendment to apply post adjustment multiplier based on the decision of ICSC, it is essential to discuss feasible and practical measure to prevent the application of divergent entitlement in the future. My delegation will constructively engage in the discussion and consideration of proposed solutions on jurisdictional setup to uphold the stability of the Common System.
We notice that the recommendations of the ICSC regarding revisions of the base salaries and allowances, including children and secondary dependant's allowances, will require significant resources. Given that the remuneration of UN staff is funded by the Member States, we look forward to examining the rationales and justifications behind these proposals, so that we are held accountable for the efficient use of these resources and can maintain the high motivation and confidence of the staff, the United Nations' greatest asset.
Finally, my delegation reiterates our support for the more effective and efficient functioning of the Common System. Let me assure you of our commitment to participating in the negotiations constructively, in order to reach a consensus in a timely manner.