Background

The Chairperson recalled that, at its seventeenth session, the High-level Committee on Programmes had an initial exchange of views on how best to enhance linkages between the processes of inter-agency and intergovernmental coordination, and specifically how to strengthen the contribution of CEB to the Economic and Social Council. It had requested the CEB Secretary to lead a review aimed at developing specific proposals. As part of that review, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs was asked to contemplate measures to raise the level of participation in the Council’s coordination segment.

Discussion

Committee members noted that United Nations system organizations were already reporting regularly to the Council’s coordination segment on collaborative work on particular issues. In addition, CEB tabled its annual report, which reflected the work of the three pillars in response to intergovernmental mandates. It was stressed that the United Nations system organizations worked together within the context of the mandates given to them by their members, and under the direct oversight of their respective governing bodies, and that the work of CEB and its pillars was to ensure overall coherence in the efforts by its members to respond collectively to system-wide challenges. The issue of ensuring policy coherence among the various governing bodies of United Nations system organizations was a broader challenge that needed to be addressed directly by Member States.

Action

The Committee agreed that it was important to ensure timely and open-sharing of information with the Economic and Social Council.