Background

The Secretary-General acknowledged the work of the Committee on the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the post-2015 development framework, themes of the CEB retreat session that had been cancelled. He encouraged the Committee to continue its important work before the Board’s next session in Madrid.

Advocating enhanced coherence and coordination, he stated that his Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning along with the co-chairs of the United Nations System Task Team on the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda, UNDP and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, and the co-chairs of the UNDG MDG Task Force, UNDP and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), had agreed on a narrative and a visual outlining of the key actors and communication lines which would be shared with Board members after the current session.

He believed that the processes for preparing for the post-2015 United Nations development agenda, building on the current Millennium Development Goals framework and focusing on sustainable development, should eventually lead to the definition of a single and comprehensive framework with sustainable development at its core.

Discussion

Mr. Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), introduced the report of the Committee on its 24th session, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the Greentree Estate in Manhasset from 3 to 5 October 2012. He stressed that throughout both the regular session and retreat (the first HLCP retreat held since 2005), the primary focus had been on how the Committee could provide greater support to CEB in ensuring a coherent post-Rio, post-2015 system-wide vision which would weave together the elements of sustainable development with those of human rights and peace and security.

Central to the discussion of the future United Nations development agenda was a reflection on the role of HLCP in assisting CEB in enhancing analytical and programmatic coherence and promoting convergence of agendas and narratives so as to reach a new understanding of development within the current global context. Mr. Steiner reported that HLCP felt that, in order to meet today’s interlinked challenges, the United Nations system itself needed to change the way it did business, working better across its own structures and mandates, in service to “people and the planet”.

Action

CEB took note of progress and endorsed the report of HLCP at its twenty-fourth session. The Board confirmed the extension of the term of Mr. Achim Steiner, as Chair of HLCP, for another two years.