In the ensuing discussion, CEB members noted the challenges of monitoring a universal and transformative development agenda which was expected to extend, inter alia, into areas of trade, taxation, and technology transfer. The UN system organizations needed to engage with their respective governing bodies to broaden awareness of the scope of the agenda and to promote the need for a holistic rather than sectoral approach. The Regional Commissions had an important role to play in this regard as bridge between the national and global levels and as conveners on multi-sectoral issues.
Multi-stakeholder ownership of the agenda was a key component of effective accountability. Accountability mechanisms needed to be inclusive and include all three branches of government as well as non-state actors. The importance of community driven accountability, including community generated data, was noted in this context. The UN system itself needed to be part of the post-2015 accountability framework and played an important role in upholding global norms and standards. CEB members pointed to a variety of initiatives that effectively integrated monitoring and accountability mechanisms, including the Education for All initiative and the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
In closing, Ms. Barcena thanked CEB members for their contributions to the discussion which demonstrated the UN system’s commitment to supporting Member States in the formulation and implementation of an effective post-2015 monitoring and review framework.