Background

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and then the coordinator of the regional commissions, introduced the note on coherence at the regional level and provided a regional perspective on the impact of the financial crisis. In so doing, she underscored the commitment of the regional commissions to working closely with the Committee.

Discussion

In the discussion, considerations centred on the institutional issue of how to best articulate the linkage of the policy analytical functions at the regional level with the global policy analysis function of the Committee, without giving rise to a bureaucratic report-intensive approach. It was noted that the regional directors’ teams had brought a good regional perspective to the United Nations Development Group as far as operational activities were concerned, and that the report commissioned by the regional commissions on that issue had recommended that there be a similar link between the Regional Coordination Mechanism, which looked at the policy and analysis aspect of the agenda, and the Committee.

It was emphasized that progress in this regard would be an important achievement that could potentially have a significant impact through the mobilization of the collective resources of the United Nations system. It was also noted that the recommendations that emerged from the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities had also included a request that the regional commissions support intensive inter-agency collaboration at the regional and subregional levels.

Action

The Committee decided to invite the regional commissions, as convenors of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, to bring to the deliberations of the Mechanism those global issues that the Committee may wish to pursue at the regional level, bearing in mind regional priorities and the roles and functional machinery of the Mechanism. The Committee also decided to invite the regional commissions, as convenors of the Regional Coordination Mechanism, to bring to the deliberations of the Committee any emerging interregional issues that merited consideration at the global level. The Committee Chairman would, in order to make it clear that steps had been taken to link the work of the Committee with the Regional Coordination Mechanism, communicate that decision to the executive secretaries of the five regional commissions.