During the reporting period, the High Level Committee on Programmes and the High-level Committee on Management continued the innovative practice of joint meetings that they had begun in 2006 in order to address cross-cutting issues from both a programme and a management perspective. Those meetings were intended to address major emerging issues relevant to the work of both committees that were of importance across the work of the United Nations system. Issues addressed included gender equality and gender mainstreaming, results-based management, the United Nations System Staff College, and the establishment of a United Nations system-wide evaluation mechanism.

Results-based management

CEB agreed that results-based management was a key part of the effort to reform the business practices of institutions throughout the United Nations system. It decided to expand its analysis of the subject to include the related issue of performance management, in order to review the incentives that existed within the system to enhance performance.

United Nations System Staff College

The Board addressed the establishment of a new curriculum and business plan for the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) on the basis of preparations by the High Level Committee on Programmes and the High-level Committee on Management. It was noted that a strong Staff College designed to nurture a common staff culture rooted in common values was essential in sustaining the effort towards system-wide coherence.

Three main areas of concentration for the work of the College had been identified:

Establishment of a United Nations system-wide evaluation mechanism

The United Nations Evaluation Group had prepared a proposal for the joint High Level Committee on Programmes-High-level Committee on Management spring session 2007 concerning the establishment of a United Nations system-wide evaluation mechanism linked to CEB to fill the current gap concerning evaluation of system-wide processes. It was stressed that such a mechanism must be independent in order to be credible and must at the same time meet the priority needs of its stakeholders.

Gender equality and gender mainstreaming

The issue of gender equality and gender mainstreaming was considered by all executive heads as an area in which insufficient progress had been made and further change was required. To that end, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women presented the Board at its fall 2006 session with a proposed system-wide policy on gender equality and a strategy on gender mainstreaming.