Statement of Turkey

Tacan İLDEM 07.06.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM,PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
ON ANNUAL REPORT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OSCE RECRUITMENT POLICIES
915th PERMANENT COUNCIL
7 June 2012

Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to thank the Director of Human Resources for her presentation of OSCE Recruitment Policies in 2011. We value every information shared with the participating States; such reports first and foremost complement transparency and reflect accountability of the management, but also serve as points of reference for the participating States’ review of the Organization’s functioning. Therefore, we expect that the Secretariat will continue this practice in the future.

Personnel are the backbone of any organization and we are supporting the OSCE in this important area as much as possible, especially through the procedure of secondment, which is a strong feature of OSCE’s employment system. Turkey seconds specialized, experienced and devoted staff to the field missions and will continue to do so in the future. In this regard, we also support the objective of strengthening the secondment system and remain open to discuss proposals in this direction.

Mr. Chairperson,

Especially in the light of both declining budgetary resources and increasing tasks for most of the OSCE’s programmes, attracting candidates with the right set of skills and retaining those with experience is a challenge that is not easy to overcome. In this regard and in connection with the Secretary General’s proposals for other human resources related issues, however, we believe that we may adopt new directions in our human resources policy that are not to the detriment of the non-career nature of the Organization. While merit and competence based selection process should be the fundamental orientation of the recruitment policy, fair geographical distribution of posts in a rotation basis would also be essential to strengthen the sense of ownership of the participating States with respect to the work of this Organization. Having said this, we all recognize the necessity for the participating States to nominate candidates with distinct professional qualifications and talents to meet the requirements of the posts and the high standards of our Organization. I also join previous in highlighting the importance of gender balance to be taken into account in the recruitment process.

In conclusion, we would like to thank the Secretariat and in particular to the Secretary General and Director of Human Resources Ms. Françoise Nocquet for bringing to the attention of the participating States new avenues which would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our Organization.

Thank you.