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Inauguration of a new integrated management information system (IMIS)

Nairobi, 17 June 1997 - The first release of an innovative administrative system being phased in by the United Nations to overhaul record-keeping on its staff members worldwide as well as its financial status was launched today at the United Nations Office of Nairobi (UNON).

At a ceremony held today, Under-Secretary-General of UNON, Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell inaugurated the new system by performing the computer keystrokes needed to process the first personnel actions for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi. Mr. Wally N'Dow, the Assistant Secretary-General for the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) also participated in the launch by performing the keystrokes to process the first personnel action for a Habitat staff member on 12 June.

The Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) is being implemented by the United Nations as part of its administrative reform. It is aimed at standardizing proceedings, updating working methods with the introduction of new technologies, and giving access to consolidated global information in order to have greater administrative efficiency. IMIS was first implemented in New York more than three years ago and will eventually be in operation in all United Nations offices, including Vienna, Geneva, Bangkok, Santiago, Addis Ababa and Beirut.

The module being introduced today in Nairobi will facilitate the management of information regarding the 1,160 staff members of the three organizations here in Nairobi and at other locations such as Athens, Paris, Montreal, Bahrain, Amman, and Madras. The system is also used by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, and starting in September, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Some of the primary information systems of the United Nation are up to 50 years old. IMIS revamps and modernizes them.

The overall system, which is expected to cost the United Nations $70 million over the course of its completion, is recognized by the information technology community as a major achievement.
United Nations officials and staff members have been called upon to speak about the IMIS system and its development at various meetings in the United States and Europe.

On 9 June 1997, the IMIS received a Computer World Smithsonian Award for outstanding technological innovation in the public sector.

UNEP News Release.


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For more information:
Mr. Raj Rikhy,
Division of Administrative Services
United Nations Office at Nairobi
Tel.: (254 2) 62-3656
Fax: (254 2) 62-3614

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