Background

The United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) addressed the issue of the follow-up to the Millennium Summit, focusing on the theme “Strategies for sustainable development” — one of the themes to be given special attention in the next report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly on the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. The report of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) on the system’s follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development provided the basis for the discussions. It was further noted that, in focusing the contribution of the United Nations system, it was useful to draw a distinction between the demand and the supply side of water and energy. Demand management takes place at the country level while the supply side involves regional and global dimensions. The view was also expressed that a human rights approach to energy questions should be actively promoted.

Discussion

Members of CEB generally concurred with the overall approaches to the follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development developed by HLCP. With regard to the specific recommendations submitted to it by the Committee, CEB asked the Committee to further elaborate them, in the light of the discussions and specific observations in CEB. In so doing, the Committee should focus its further work on the substance of the follow-up to the Summit. This will help ground modalities for inter-agency and other collaborative arrangements, as well as the policy guidance to be provided for technical work and operational activities and further strategic discussions on the matter, in substantive objectives and tasks.

 

Action

CEB requested that consultations on substantive inter-organizational requirements be pursued to guide the form and tasks of such arrangements, taking into account existing mechanisms. Noting the diversity of energy-related activities in the United Nations system, CEB advocated a similar approach whereby the identification of substantive tasks would guide consideration of appropriate mechanisms, including modalities for engagement with key non-United Nations system actors.