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Governance Framework


The United Nations has worked to strengthen its accountability system, which rests on internal controls and oversight mechanisms, and tools to promote transparency and integrity. 

Resolution 64/259, adopted in March 2010, defines accountability as “the obligation of the Secretariat and its staff members to be answerable for all decisions made and actions taken by them, and to be responsible for honouring their commitments, without qualification or exception. Accountability includes achieving objectives and high quality results in a timely and cost-effective manner, in fully implementing and delivering on all mandates to the Secretariat approved by the United Nations intergovernmental bodies and other subsidiary organs established by them in compliance with all resolutions, regulations, rules and ethical standards; truthful, objective accurate and timely reporting on performance results; responsible stewardship of funds and resources; all aspects of performance, including a clearly defined system of rewards and sanctions; and with due recognition to the important role of the oversight bodies and in full compliance with accepted recommendations”.

The UNECE Accountability Framework draws on existing accountability frameworks of the United Nations and defines the delegation of authority and the levels of accountability. 

It also establishes a critical linkage between institutional and individual accountability through the Executive Secretary’s Compact and e-Performance of managers and staff.  These interlinked and cascading agreements between staff and managers aim to ensure accountability for implementing mandates and achieving agreed results.

The Senior Manager’s Compact is an annual commitment on delivering results between the Executive Secretary of UNECE and the United Nations Secretary-General.

Senior Manager's Compacts



Risk Management

Any entity which strives to reach its goals/objectives inevitably has to manage uncertainty during its operations. Risk management means applying a systematic approach and practice of assessing and acting on risk in order to ensure that organizational goals are achieved.

The UN General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to enhance the capability of the Secretariat for risk assessment and mitigation and internal control (A/RES/63/276 and A/RES/64/259). To that end, an integrated Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Internal Control Framework was developed by the Secretariat in May 2011, to provide a consistent and comprehensive risk management methodology to be applied across the entire Secretariat.

ERM is an essential element of good organizational governance and accountability. The objective of ERM is to help ensure the sustainability of an organization and enable it to meet its organizational objectives. ERM requires the implementation of an organization-wide risk management process; makes risk management the responsibility of everyone; and provides a coherent methodology for its implementation.

Responsibility for the effective implementation of risk management and internal control practices resides with the Executive Secretary.

UNECE - Risk Treatment Plan