ASYREC, the Automated System for Relief Consignments, was nominated for the 2017 Secretary General Awards under the category “Innovation and Creativity”. This category honours staff  “who have achieved exceptional results by thinking outside the box and using creativity, innovative methods, and fresh perspectives to implement ideas or projects which improve our results or the way the UN works”.

ASYREC is a new software jointly developed by OCHA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). ASYREC will be added to the existing customs management application, ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data), which was developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) more than 30 years ago and is implemented as the standard customs management system in more than 90 countries. ASYREC will assist customs officials prioritize and speed up the processing of humanitarian relief. In emergencies, the ASYREC module will be activated by the affected country together with the request/acceptance of international assistance.

On 24 October, coinciding with the anniversary of the United Nations, Deputy-Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed announced the winners. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) received the award under this category.

The United Nations Secretary General Awards recognizes the outstanding work of Secretariat staff members who contribute above and beyond the call of duty and advance innovative projects.