Background

The Chairman of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) briefed the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) on the work of the Committee at its eighth session, held in Florence, Italy, from 15 to 17 September 2004.

Discussion

CEB noted that HLCP was preparing for an in-depth discussion in the CEB session, to be held next year, on two critical issues: conflict prevention and the system’s response to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Action

CEB noted with appreciation the strong leadership that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman had provided to the Committee, as well as the innovation and energy they had brought to inter-agency collaboration. It approved by acclamation the extension of the tenure of the Chairman, Lennart Båge, and the Vice-Chairman, Mats Karlsson, for a further two-year term.