Background

The Chairman of the High-level Committee on Programmes briefed the Board on the outcome of the Committee’s tenth session, held from 10 to 11 October 2005.

Discussion

The Board expressed its appreciation to David Waller, Deputy Director General of IAEA, for his vital support for the High-level Committee on Management since its inception and for his able chairmanship of the Committee’s tenth session. The Secretary-General noted that the model of the High-level Committee on Programmes, whereby a member of CEB acts as chair, has worked well and suggested that the same model be followed in the case of the High-level Committee on Management. In that light, he had asked Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, whether she was prepared to serve in that capacity for the next biennium and she had accepted to do so. He also proposed — and CEB concurred with — the designation of Denis Aitken, Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Director-General of WHO, as Vice-Chairman of the High-level Committee on Management for the biennium 2006-2007.

Action

The Board noted that the report of the High-level Committee on Management on its tenth session was in the process of being approved and decided to act on the report by correspondence.