Background

The Chairman recalled the consultative process that engaged the High-level Committee on Programmes in the preparation of the 2007 triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development, and looked forward to closing the loop through a briefing on the outcome of the General Assembly’s consideration of the issue, including the next steps for the CEB structures.

The representative of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs introduced a note on the management report on the implementation of resolution 62/208 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system.

Discussion

The Committee thanked the representative of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the comprehensive briefing. Some concern was expressed about the process, and it was stressed that there needed to be one unified means by which organizations would send forward one set of comments on the report. The Director of the CEB secretariat assured the Committee that, with the support of the Department, consultations with the different CEB mechanisms would be streamlined. As for the content of the matrix, it was stressed that this was a “zero draft” with suggested actions just to initiate the discussion.

Action

There was agreement on the importance of more accountability and realism in commitments, as well as ownership by the United Nations system. It was noted that actions to implement the triennial comprehensive policy review should be strictly in line with the intergovernmental mandates contained in the resolution.