Background

CEB was invited to address the focus of future HLCP work, particularly with regard to the overall follow-up to the Millennium Declaration and the coordination of the efforts currently under way to strengthen monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals at the global and country levels. Executive Heads were also invited to give guidance to the work of the open-ended group established by HLCP on the follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, as well as to provide orientations to the preparations for CEB discussions in 2003 on the follow-up to both the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Johannesburg Summit and on how best the two follow-up processes should be linked to the United Nations system’s overall effort to advance the Millennium Development Goals.

Discussion

CEB expressed appreciation for the valuable contributions of HLCP to its work, particularly in ensuring substantive preparations for its sessions and assisting CEB in fostering system-wide programme coordination. CEB commended the Chairman, Carlos Magariños, and Vice-Chairman, Mats Karlson, for their exemplary teamwork in leading the Committee over the past two years and urged its members to continue their support for the work of HLCP.

Action

CEB took note of the attention given by the Committee at its last session to system-wide follow-up and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals. It welcomed the Committee’s decision to keep the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and ongoing monitoring processes under review, bearing in mind the concern of CEB to ensure mutual reinforcement between global and country monitoring activities.