The Special Session of the Executive Board has just concluded following a cycle of intense discussions for the preparation of the 37 C/5.
Member States have taken a decision that set programme priorities and guidance to chart the way forward. This decision will be made available on the webpage of the Executive Board.
On this basis, I will submit to the 192nd session of the Executive Board a budget and a restructuring plan to be approved by the Executive Board and the General Conference.
As I have stated on several occasions, I consider UNESCO’s staff and their expertise to be the Organization most valuable asset. I have done my utmost to preserve staff in spite of the serious cash flow shortage in 2012/2013. This may not be possible over the next biennium. In depth analysis will continue to be undertaken to identify cost-reduction possibilities in administrative process and costs, work methodology and other to preserve, as much as possible, UNESCO's needed expertise through its staffing.
Let me say that I am fully aware and sympathize with the many concerns expressed by staff, sometimes personally to me, to Senior Management colleagues, or through meetings with the staff associations. I consider the promotion of dialogue, effective collaborative management and staff relations to be essential at all times, and in particular during the challenging period that UNESCO is facing today.
To continue our dialogue, we will schedule a series of meetings with all staff. A meeting will take place tomorrow, Friday 5 July, at 10h30 a.m, with the Deputy Director General and the Director of Human Resources, which I hope will be attended by all. It will occur in room XI. Kindly note that a webcast of the meeting will be available to staff members in the Field.
Colleagues in the Field may ask question trought the Forum "Let's talk about", available on UNESCOMMUNITY.