Background

The Secretary-General drew the attention of CEB members to the information contained in the annotated agenda on the developments that had taken place since the previous session of the Board. These included, inter alia, the establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council; the ongoing discussions in the General Assembly on the follow-up to the provisions of the 2005 World Summit Outcome on development and the reform of the Economic and Social Council; the issuance of a report by the Secretary-General on United Nations management reform, entitled “Investing in the United Nations: for a stronger Organization worldwide” (A/60/692); and the setting up of the High-Level Panel on United Nations System-wide Coherence. The Panel and its terms of reference had been the subject of two communications addressed by the Secretary-General to executive heads on 28 November 2005 and 16 February 2006.

The Chair of HLCP noted that the Committee had had an extensive and rich discussion on the follow-up to the 2005 World Summit. The Committee shared his view of the follow-up process under way as an historic opportunity to affect real change: that is, to shape the collective future of the system and its capacity to contribute to real progress for the global community.

 

Discussion

The Secretary-General stressed the key role that individual agencies played in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in their respective areas. There was no intention to create parallel processes.

Action

 The Board called upon HLCP to continue to contribute actively to a coherent and effective follow-up to the 2005 World Summit, and to support CEB in providing further guidance in the system’s response to the challenges posed by the Summit.