The ceremony was opened by Mr Marcio Barbosa, Deputy Director-General, who described the occasion as a chance to celebrate an achievement that transforms UNESCO into a modern Organization. “The publication of these manuals is a result of good leadership and a committed working group,” he said. Mr Bert Keuppens, Director of IOS, Mr Guy De Poerck, Project Manager, and Ms Diane Dufresne-Klaus, Director of HRM, also took the floor and emphasized the importance of this Manual for the Organization noting that it is “an evolving document” encompassing all of Mr Matsuura’s reforms.
The Director-General began his intervention by expressing his appreciation for all the staff members that have contributed to the elaboration of the new Administrative Manual. He thanked them and praised the efficiency and diligence demonstrated by them in order to complete this “very challenging task” in such a short period of time.
“It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I am promulgating today the new Administrative Manual, which incorporates the many reform initiatives I have undertaken during the last 10 years. I am equally pleased to announce that the volume dealing with HR matters is also ready. It incorporates all the Human Resource Policies that I introduced since 2000, and takes into account the most recent needs for harmonization with the UN Common System. I am particularly pleased that this important step will ease the task of my successor, ensure an improved control environment and generally increase UNESCO’s efficiency,” declared the Director-General, and stated: “It is important to know where we are in order to plan where to go.”
Mr Matsuura went on to cite the excellent collaboration amongst the team involved, acknowledging the hard work that was shared within the Working Group but also with their colleagues in their respective units and with other contributing units to make the content relevant across organizational boundaries. “There are just too many contributors to cite here, I therefore ask every one of you present to help convey my gratitude to all,” he asked.
Finally, the Director-General thanked Mr Marcio Barbosa for having supervised this effort and paid tribute to his continuous hard work and loyalty having served as Deputy Director-General for a record 9 years. “Let me now raise a toast to all the contributors and to another magnificent illustration of what staff and management can collaboratively deliver to UNESCO,” he concluded.
* The new Administrative Manual will be available online at UNESCO’s Intranet
Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 224-2009 - Publication Date: 06-11-2009