Background

The High-level Committee on Programmes, through its Chair, Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, submitted to the Board a draft CEB statement to the forthcoming Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, underscoring the system’s commitment of support to LDCs and a new programme of action for the next 10 years and focusing on productive capacity.  The Committee also proposed that a second statement be prepared, containing specific commitments, following the outcome of the Conference.

Discussion

Several CEB members made suggestions for additional language in the statement and the Secretary-General emphasized the importance of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries as a crucial opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations system and create new momentum for mobilizing political and financial support.

Action

The Board endorsed, in principle, the CEB statement of support to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, to be amended in the light of comments from participants, on the understanding that the statement would be issued at the Conference and could be followed by another that would build on the outcome of the Conference.