Summary: 24 November 2009, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union by Mr. Henric Råsbrant, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, 64th Session of the General Assembly Fifth Committee, Item 132. Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2010-2011: Enterprise resource planning (ERP), United Nations
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement.
At the outset let me thank the Under-Secretary-General for Management, Ms. Angela Kane for introducing the reports of the Secretary-General on the Enterprise resource planning (ERP) project, Business continuity management and the Second performance report on the adoption of IPSAS, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Information and Communications Technology, Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), Mr Soon-Hong Choi for introducing the report of the Secretary-General on ECM/CRM and the proposal for a unified Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan. We also wish to extend our thanks to the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), Ms. Susan McLurg, for introducing the related reports of that Committee.
The European Union welcomes the Secretariat's work so far on the Enterprise resource planning (ERP) project and would like to thank the Secretary-General for the additional information on ERP in response to the request by the General Assembly in its resolution 63/262.
The implementation of ERP is an opportunity to improve the work of the Organisation and make it more effective and efficient through streamlined information management and business processes.
We would like to stress the significant amount of resources requested for the biennium both on the regular budget and the support account. We will carefully study these proposals and seek possible ways to contain its costs.
The European Union concurs with the comments by the ACABQ that a more systematic and detailed approach to harvesting efficiency gains is required. In that context, it is important that qualitative and quantitative benefits are clearly identified in the short and the long term.
The European Union welcomes the efforts by the Secretariat to keep the customisation at a bare minimum and encourages it to continue doing so and to make every effort to ensure that investment in other information systems, like the new talent management system, are fully compatible with the ERP.
The European Union looks forward to a constructive discussion on these issues in informal consultations.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman,
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.