Background

The High-level Committee on Programmes, through its Chair, Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, submitted to the Board a draft CEB statement on the outcome of the forthcoming 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to serve as a platform from which the organizations of the United Nations system would work.

Discussion

The Statement was reviewed by the Board at its retreat session held on 29 October and several CEB members made suggestions for additional language in the statement.

Action

The Board endorsed, in principle, the CEB statement to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be amended in the light of comments from participants. The final Statement was subsequently submitted as an input to the Conference preparatory process on 1 November 2011.