MO is hosting the 20th session of the UN Chief Executives’ Board for Coordination (CEB)’s ICT Network.
Below is the text of IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu’s opening address to the meeting.
SPEECH OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE OPENING OF THE 20th SESSION OF THE CEB’S ICT NETWORK
IMO Headquarters, 16-17 April 2013
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the IMO Headquarters, and to London, and I thank you for giving us the opportunity to host this event.
I know that you started work yesterday afternoon, with a mini-symposium on cloud computing, and that you will finish the week with a meeting of the Management Committee of the UN International Computing Centre. In between, you will be heavily engaged in this 20th meeting of the ICT Network – discussing a wide variety of matters in support of the UN Chief Executives’ Board for Coordination (CEB), and its three subsidiary bodies, namely, the High-level Committees on Management and Programmes (HLCM and HCLP) and the UN Development Group (UNDG).
In that context, your work is crucial in helping all of our organizations to deliver our respective mandates and programmes in the most effective and cost efficient manner, to coordinate and share efforts and resources, and to constantly innovate, while also protecting and preserving the UN’s accumulated systems, knowledge and data.
Indeed, the HLCM has recently adopted a Strategic Plan that covers all the elements I just mentioned and calls for support from this Network in achieving the set goals. I wish you every success in devising appropriate strategies to address them and, in this, you will have the able leadership, experience and expertise of your Chairman, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary-General of ITU.
Information and communication technology (ICT) has long been a catalyst for change. As an intrinsic part of our organizations’ delivery mechanisms today, it must continue to drive us towards smarter, greener ways of doing business, changing our work processes and practices, lowering transaction costs, and making us more agile and able to respond to changing requirements from our stakeholders.
You will be addressing these and other significant challenges through your consideration of topics such as the establishment of common support services at field level, ERP inter-operability, improving meeting practices, and system-wide cybersecurity. I have no doubt your recommendations to the CEB structures will be of considerable value and I look forward to reading them.
In closing, I wish you a fruitful series of meetings, I invite you all to an informal reception this evening and I hope you have the opportunity not only to hear about the state of play at IMO in terms of our ICT experiences and challenges, but also to teach us a thing or two!