Background

The Chairman of the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) briefed CEB on the work of the Committee at its sixth session, held in Castelgandolfo, Italy, on 18 and 19 September 2003, focusing in particular on the two main issues being brought to the Board’s attention, namely, follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico, and HIV/AIDS and its linkages with food security and governance, and on the outcome of the HLCP discussion on inter-agency arrangements for the follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He also reported on the outcome of the Committee’s deliberations with regard to preparations for the 2005 comprehensive review of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration; support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); United Nations system relations with civil society; communication strategy for CEB; and the HLCP work programme.

Action

CEB expressed its appreciation to HLCP and its Chairman for the excellent preparatory work on the main substantive issues on its agenda and noted with satisfaction that the Committee was functioning well, both in preparing strategic and policy issues for CEB deliberation and in pursuing programme coordination on behalf of the Board.