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UNICC Management Committee Meeting – New Services and Directions

UNICC’s Management Committee (MC), the organization’s governance body comprised of representatives from over 40 Partner Organizations, met on 2 and 3 November for the 110th MC meeting, the second and last of 2022.

With a board that represents practically the entire UN system, we had a very productive, eventful, energetic and open meeting. The board helped us arrive at some very tangible and promising directions in which they are asking us to move forward. I am personally pleased to see us empowered and ensuring our value to our partner organizations in these tough times is clear. We at UNICC remain committed to supporting our partners as they continue to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

Sameer Chauhan, Director, UNICC

On the first day, the session covered statutory business. After a Director’s Update from Sameer Chauhan, UNICC briefed the MC on substantive topics ranging from UNICC Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to financial and audit and compliance matters, including location strategy and its impacts on costs and servicing all regions.

The MC also approved four new services presented by UNICC, following the recommendation of the Advisory Group, a subset of MC members who work throughout the year with UNICC’s Director. The services include Digital Hub of Treasury Solutions, Managed Services for Dynamics 365, Application Security and Offensive Security Services.

The second day focused on the strategy of UNICC for going forward. The group showed strong support and commitment for UNICC’s cybersecurity practice and discussed its evolution to best protect the UN information assets. 

Another topic covered was the UN Digital Solutions Centre, a hub to build shared solutions and scale them for the entire UN system. Partners engaged in an interactive discussion on possible solutions for the business and technology teams within their organizations. 

I am very proud of the work we did last week with my colleague CIOs of the UN world. We met as the Management Committee of UNICC to provide advice and governance to the UNICC leadership team. To grow the value that UNICC delivers to the multilateral system, we did not shy away from having open and frank conversations that drew from the expertise of all of us. The near future looks more complex than ever and good governance more essential than ever. 

Fabrice Boudou, Director of IT Solutions Division, WTO and Chair of the UNICC MC

Sameer Chauhan thanks all UNICC Partner Organizations for being active and supportive members of the MC, especially the Chair Fabrice Boudou, Director of IT Solutions Division at WTO, and Vice-Chair Anthony O’Mullane, Director, Operations Support Division, Office of Information and Communications Technology, United Nations, for their leadership and steer.

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New Services for a Digital UN

UNICC’s mission is to provide trusted digital business solutions and shared services to the UN family. In this 110th Management Committee meeting, UNICC presented for approval a new suite of services to meet the needs of its over 80 Clients and Partner Organizations.

The new services include a Digital Hub of Treasury Solutions (DHoTS) that provides direct and simplified access to banking mechanisms and modalities to deliver cash assistance to beneficiaries. DHoTS enables UNICC Partners to build upon a secure and fast digital cash delivery platform to access banking, marketplaces and financial inclusion for sustainable development. It also provides opportunities to harness collaborative approaches for connectivity by making available direct and easy access to global financial ecosystems for the entire UN system.

The MC also approved Managed Services for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform as part of the already wide Dynamics Practice UNICC offers to its Clients and Partner Organizations, as well as Application Security Services and Offensive Security Services.

The United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) has over 50 years of experience as a strategic partner in the United Nations system in providing trusted services and digital business solutions. UNICC has been expanding the services it provides to over 80 Clients and Partner Organizations in all parts of the world and across the technology landscape.