G E N E R A L S E C R E T A R I A T
THE SECRETARY GENERAL,
In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Articles 114 and 118 of
the Charter and Articles 4 and 8 of the General Standards to Govern the
Operations of the General Secretariat,
The advisability of specifying the terms of reference of the Ethics
Committee to facilitate oversight of General Secretariat policies on ethics and
conflicts of interests,
replace the text of Executive Order No. 85-2 on the Ethics Committee by the
of Reference of the Ethics Committee
is incumbent on the Ethics Committee to oversee the application and
interpretation of General Secretariat policies on ethical conduct and conflicts
Secretariat policies on ethical conduct and conflicts of interests" shall
be understood as all rules, regulations, and practices of the General
Secretariat concerning the duties of staff members with regard to ethical
behavior free of any conflict of interest with regard to the Organization.
Committee shall have the following responsibilities and functions:
a. To periodically review General
Secretariat policies on the duties of staff members to the Organization in the
area of ethics of conduct and conflicts of interests and to recommend to the
Secretary General any changes deemed necessary;
b. To advise the Secretary General
about whether a specific situation or case entails a conflict of interests under
Staff Rule 101.7(b) or whether a given behavior constitutes unethical conduct in
accordance with General Secretariat policies.
order to assume the responsibilities and carry out the functions set forth in
paragraph 3. (b), the Committee shall examine:
a. Those statements signed by staff
members under Staff Rule 101.7 that are submitted to the Committee by the
Director of the Department of Human Resources for analysis.
b. Any possible or alleged violation
of policies on ethical conduct and/or conflicts of interests that the Secretary
General or any member of the Committee submits for its consideration.
c. Situations reported on in
auditing reports, when the Secretary General, on the Inspector General's
recommendation or by virtue of his own decision, submits them to the Committee
all cases submitted to it for its review and consideration, the Committee shall
recommend to the Secretary General a course of action that it considers
The Ethics Committee shall be composed of the following members:
The Assistant Secretary General, who will be its chair;
The Assistant Secretary for Management;
The Director of the Department of General Legal Services; and
The Director of the Department of Human Resources.
The members of the Ethics Committee may not delegate their functions.
of the Inspector General
The Inspector General shall participate in meetings of the Ethics
Committee, with a voice but without a vote.
The Ethics Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure and may
consult with or seek advice from specialists or experts in such a manner as it
Repeals and Amendments. This
Executive Order supersedes all regulations and practices of the General
Secretariat to the contrary and expressly supersedes Executive Order 82-5 of
November 25, 1985, on the Ethics Committee.
All provisions in Administrative Memorandum No. 58 Rev. 1, dated
September 20, 1977, inconsistent with the provisions of this Executive Order,
are hereby repealed.
III. Effective Date: This Executive Order shall take effect on the date on which it is signed.
April 29, 1996