Closing Statement in the Fifth Committee, 75th Session First Resumed

Grace Levin
Acting Minister Counselor for Management and Reform
New York, New York
March 26, 2021


Thank you, Mr. Chair.

A year after the onset of COVID, which served as a catalyst for a radical shift in our working methods, we’ve once again proven our commitment to the work of this committee and of the UN during this 1st Resumed Session. By leveraging technology and adjusting our approach we made it possible to consider the critical items on our program of work. A year ago, we were only able to agree on a few items. Today, we’ve agreed resolutions on 6 items despite our physical distance, and that is an accomplishment.

This session, we’ve reached consensus on several important issues as a committee, including providing critical support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to allow it to continue to carry out its mandate under exceptional circumstances. However, we were unable to reach consensus on some of our collective priorities, including on Human Resources Management. While we are disappointed that the agenda items under HRM could not be advanced, we believe all delegations engaged genuinely and actively to examine policies and initiatives that serve this Organization’s greatest asset – its personnel. We now have a clearer understanding of the priorities and the nuances that shape our positions. This foundation of understanding will serve us well in future discussions.

Lastly, I would like to note that my delegation regrets we did not adopt a resolution on Accountability due, in part, to the lack of time. Important elements of the Accountability system will continue to remain a priority for the United States such as results-based management, ethics, and ensuring a work place free from discrimination and abuse of authority.

Mr. Chair, I will close by acknowledging the committee’s efficiency, agility, and flexibility this session and to thank the 5th Committee Secretariat who continue to provide us with the top notch support we need. We thank you all for your collaboration.