Issues discussed included: The global financial crisis and its impact on the work of the United Nations System; Regional coherence; Climate change; Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017); The United Nations system’s contribution to the Economic and Social Council; Implementation of the triennial comprehensive policy review (General Assembly resolution 62/208); Outcome of the CEB review and strengthening of the CEB secretariat.
The High-level Committee agreed to establish a time-bound cluster group of Committee members, led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and ILO, to prepare a draft action plan for review at the next Committee meeting.
The Secretary of CEB was requested to lead a joint review by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the CEB secretariat of the proposals to take account of the concerns expressed by members of the Committee. As part of the review, the Department was also requested to contemplate measures to raise the level of participation in the coordination segment of the Economic and Social Council.
The Committee thanked the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNCTAD for their presentation and contribution to its work in the area of science and technology. It endorsed the proposal to amend and expand the terms of reference of the United Nations Group on the Information Society, with a view to making science and technology a prominent feature, under the joint leadership of ITU, UNCTAD and UNESCO. It would, at its next session, review a report by UNGIS containing recommendations on how the United Nations system might best respond to resolution 62/208 with regard to strengthening its role in facilitating access by developing countries to new and emerging technologies, as well as to mainstreaming science and technology, including information and communications technology, in national development or poverty reduction strategies, in accordance with the priorities of countries.
The Committee would develop the identified joint United Nations system initiatives for immediate response to the crisis on the basis of a sustainable development approach (economic, social and environmental sustainability) (see annex III). The respective lead agencies and cooperating agencies would establish a framework for action in each area by 10 April 2009;
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.