17.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General and Senior Management Team outline the way ahead

© UNESCO/Michel Ravassard - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and her new Senior Management Team after introducing them to UNESCO Member States and Staff Members on 13 July 2010

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and her recently appointed Senior Management Team held intensive consultations over the weekend of 11-12 September 2010, to establish effective and shared leadership principles aimed at promoting initiative and increasing the visibility and impact of the Organization’s work.

The senior executives underlined the importance of a clear strategic vision to further increase UNESCO’s relevance for Member States and accelerate its integration within the United Nations system and the ongoing UN reform process. They also recognized the need to better incorporate the two cross-cutting priorities – Africa and gender equality in all UNESCO’s programmes and activities and emphasized the significance of improved inter-sectoral work.

The Senior Management Team agreed to encourage staff commitment to realizing UNESCO’s mandate through an approach based on trust and integrity, creativity, constructive debate and a focus on achieving results. Team members were unanimous that both organizational and individual accountability are critical to ensuring objective assurance that programmes and decisions are delivered effectively, that management activities are reliable and judicious, and that there are continuous improvements in methods and procedures so as to enhance the overall efficiency of UNESCO’s activity.

Increasing UNESCO’s visibility was viewed as a collective responsibility and a significant priority to ensure the Organization's ongoing relevance and impact.

In order to best achieve the above objectives, the Director-General decided to put in place new management committees within the Secretariat.
The new management committees’ structure will be a subject of an Ivory Note from the Director-General.

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