Statement of behalf of ASEAN at the 334th Session of the ILO Governing Body, Agenda Item INS 4 – Update on the United Nations Reforms

November 6, 2018 Uncategorized

Member States of ASEAN align themselves with the statement made by Australia on behalf of the Asia and Pacific Group.

ASEAN supports the implementation of the United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution on “Repositioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the quadrennial comprehensive review of operational activities for development of the UN Systems”. provides guidance to strengthen the United Nations Development System (UNDS) to better support countries in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

ASEAN recognizes the implication of the resolution to the works of the UN bodies and specialized agencies, including the ILO. Hence, we commend the effort of the Office to actively participate in the discussion of the UN reforms processes to ensure that the interests of the ILO’s constituents are fully reflected in the integrated UN system.

ASEAN underlines the importance of better alignment of the ILO Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) so the framework can fully reflect the needs of the national tripartite constituents. In this regards, we look forward for the result of the ILO’s pilot initiative, which will inform the development of a new generation of DWCPs.

 Mr. Chairman,

ASEAN welcomes the effort of the United Nations in consolidating its presence in the country. However, we underscore the need of careful assessment on possible financial implications of the new UN Resident Coordinator system. In this regard, ASEAN supports the decision point c) as proposed by the Office.

To ensure the implementation of a more robust UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system, we are of the view that the ILO should harmonize its management system and business processes at the country level to meet the demand of the UN Country Team (UNCT) members. The ILO also needs to adapt its performance management system to be fully integrated to the dual reporting model to both RC and ILO regional director

Member States of ASEAN note the continued cooperation between ASEAN and ILO. In this regard, we look forward to the proposals on the reform of the UNDS regional structures in 2019. We support the active participation of the ILO in the regional coordination structures to better support ASEAN Member States in achieving the SDGs.

To conclude, Mr. Chairman, ASEAN supports all the proposed decision points. We encourage the ILO to continue its active engagement in the UN reform process and regularly update and consult the GB on the issues arising from the reform.

I thank you.

Geneva, 5 November 2018


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