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in the entire period since its establishment, only two appeals have been lodged with the Authority’s Joint Appeals Board, and only one case has reached the Administrative Tribunal.  

10. Furthermore, it appears to the secretariat that the anticipated costs for the Authority to participate in a two‐tier system of formal justice would be inordinately high, since it would be required to contribute to the costs of the first‐tier Disputes Tribunal on an ongoing basis. Those costs could be substantial. On the other hand, for access to the Appeals Tribunal, the Authority would be charged a flat fee per case of $9,600, which would be absorbed within the current budgetary resources and would have no financial implications for the future budget of the Authority.  

11. For those reasons, having considered the available options, the secretariat of the Authority had confirmed its intention to the United Nations to retain, subject to confirmation by the Council and Assembly, a single‐tier judicial review under the new system and to maintain, to the greatest extent possible, the current administrative structure of the Authority’s internal system of justice; namely the continuation of the Joint Appeals Board, complemented by access to a formal judicial appeal body in the form of the new United Nations Appeals Tribunal. It is understood that other article 14 entities, including the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, have adopted a similar approach.  

12. To give effect to the new system, it is necessary for the Authority to enter into an administrative agreement with the United Nations recognizing the competence of the new Appeals Tribunal and to make appropriate amendments to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the Authority. Following discussions between the secretariat of the Authority and the United Nations Office of Administration of Justice, an administrative agreement, based on a model developed by the United Nations for application to all article 14 entities, was concluded in February 2010. The text of the agreement is set out in annex I to the present note. Proposed changes to article XI of the Staff Regulations of the Authority are set out in annex II. These proposed amendments are consistent with similar amendments made to the Staff Regulations of the United Nations (see ST/SGB/2009/7).  

13. It should be noted that once the amendments to the Staff Regulations are approved, it will also be necessary to make consequential amendments to the Staff Rules of the Authority.  This will be done and reported to the Assembly and Council in due course. 

  

B. Other proposed amendments 

  

14. In the past two years, the United Nations has implemented a number of significant management changes, which have resulted in amendments to its Staff Regulations (see General Assembly resolution 63/253). Of particular relevance to the Authority are the following: 

(a) The abolition of the 100, 200 and 300 series of the Staff Rules (a system which the Authority never applied, but was reflected in its Staff Regulations and Rules for the sake of consistency with the United Nations) and their merger into a unique set of staff rules applicable to all appointments; (b) Formal recognition of a right to paternity leave;  

(c) Formal recognition that sexual exploitation and sexual abuse constitute serious misconduct and thus justify summary dismissal.  

15. It appears convenient to introduce appropriate amendments, as set out in annex II, to bring the Staff Regulations of the Authority into line with those of the United Nations in this regard.  

III. RECOMMENDATIONS 

  

16. The Council is invited to:

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