Background

In his introduction, the Secretary-General stressed that the 2005 World Summit Outcome should be seen as a call to action for Member States, civil society and other stakeholders and the United Nations system as a whole. Its implications for the United Nations system were clear: the system had been challenged to be more effective, to be more efficient across the breadth of its agenda and to demonstrate greater coherence. The bar had been set high. The proposals before the Summit involved far-reaching steps that added up to the most comprehensive reform package in its history. Given how much Member States were asked to do, it was not surprising that there had not been consensus on certain items.

The Chairman of the High-level Committee on Programmes briefed CEB on the Committee’s consideration, at its tenth session, held in Frascati, Italy, from 6 to 8 October 2005, of the implications of the 2005 World Summit Outcome for the United Nations system. The 2005 World Summit Outcome was a sound platform for renewed engagement by the international community in providing multilateral solutions to issues of development, peace and security and human rights and the rule of law. He noted the commitment made by Member States to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and credibility of the United Nations system and the system’s ability to deliver.

Discussion

Executive heads expressed their views on the implications of the 2005 World Summit Outcome (General Assembly resolution 60/1) for their organizations and what measures the system could take to advance the follow-up to the Summit. The Board had before it a background note entitled “United Nations system follow-up to the 2005 World Summit”, which analysed the Outcome under three broad headings: development; peace and collective security, human rights and the rule of law and humanitarian assistance; and management reform.

In the ensuing discussions, several CEB members stressed the relevance of the 2005 World Summit Outcome for the work of their organizations and outlined the steps they were taking to contribute to its follow-up.

Several CEB members noted with satisfaction the renewed emphasis in the Outcome on eradicating poverty and promoting sustained economic growth and sustainable development. They welcomed the strong reaffirmation of the commitment to the global development partnership agreed in Monterrey, Mexico, at the International Conference on Financing for Development the need for a successful conclusion of the Doha Development Round and the advances made on debt relief and aid. An integral element in this partnership should be the mobilization of resources, particularly untied voluntary contributions, for the United Nations system’s technical assistance programmes. Equally emphasized was the need for organizations of the system to strengthen collaboration with the private sector and civil society and forge strategic partnerships with multilateral and bilateral entities.

Action

They Board noted with satisfaction that the Outcome not only reaffirmed the goals and commitments in the Millennium Declaration (General Assembly resolution 55/2) and the internationally agreed development goals emanating from the United Nations summits and conferences, but also highlighted the importance of new provisions in the Outcome concerning elements that were at the centre of the work of many organizations of the system. Executive heads also welcomed the Outcome as a clear statement on the vital importance of multilateral cooperation and the crucial role of the United Nations system.