Background

The Secretary-General, in his introductory remarks, noted that his report to the Summit entitled “In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all” (A/59/2005) proposed a set of interlinked policy decisions for action by Heads of State at the Summit covering comprehensively development, security, human rights, and the rule of law. The report also covered reforms to be introduced within the United Nations, including reform of intergovernmental machinery management of the Secretariat, geared to qualitatively enhance the Organization’s capacity to advance policy goals in those interrelated areas with equal effectiveness. In the same perspective, the report addressed measures to enhance system-wide coherence and effectiveness.

Discussion

In the ensuing discussion, deep appreciation was expressed for the leadership of the Secretary-General, and strong support was voiced for the thrust of his report to the 2005 World Summit, especially the report’s call for a comprehensive response that would address in a balanced way development, security and human rights and their interlinkages. The crucial importance for the whole system of a successful outcome of the Summit was emphasized. Executive heads committed to engage their governing bodies and to use all available occasions between now and September to help galvanize support for the Summit’s success. It was suggested that the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG), the inter-agency network of communications officers of the United Nations system, should, in the period ahead, focus on ways to project the Secretary-General’s report and the goals of the Summit so as to maximize support from stakeholders in Government and civil society.

Participants expressed appreciation for the HLCP initiative to prepare the “One United Nations” report. They welcomed the general thrust of the draft which, while emphasizing accountability, avoided a narrow, administrative approach. A suggestion was made on streamlining the draft and on ways to relate it to the Secretary-General’s report for the 2005 World Summit. It was suggested that “knowledge management” should figure prominently as a main theme of the report.

Action

CEB took note of the report and endorsed its conclusions and recommendations. CEB noted with appreciation that the Committee, under the leadership of Lennart Båge, is addressing themes that are crucial to the future of the system with increasing depth and is thus becoming an indispensable agent of policy development and policy coherence for the system as a whole.