Issues discussed at the session: The outcome of the MDG Summit; Moving towards a fairer greener and sustainable globalization; Climate change; Gender; High-level Panel on Global Sustainability; Programme Criticality; Cyber security; IV UN Conference on the LDCs; South-South and triangular cooperation; and Access to energy.
The Committee thanked the UNIDO representative for his briefing and asked him to convey the Committee’s deep appreciation to Mr. Yumkella for his commitment and leadership. Committee members expressed their support for the implementation of the proposed activities to achieve the goals set by the Advisory Group in its report, and for the leading role of UN-Energy in this process.
The Committee noted that its consideration of the outcome of the Millennium Development Goals Summit was linked to its deliberations on moving towards a fairer, greener, sustainable globalization. An early discussion on the parameters of such work, which might involve external stakeholders, should be set within the context of the related agenda on the impact of globalization.
The Committee observed that its consideration of this agenda item was at the very core of its mandate for furthering policy and programme coherence and integration. It agreed that it would need to deepen and broaden this work in the lead-up to the various intergovernmental processes ahead, including the Rio+20 Conference, the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries and the 2013 review of the Millennium Development Goals, among others.
The Committee noted with appreciation the progress made in its Working Group on Climate Change. It endorsed the Group’s recommendations, including with respect to its continued work with a focus on responding to the emerging implementation architecture leading up to Cancún.
The Committee agreed that CEB and its three pillars could play an important supportive role to UN Women in its further elaboration and implementation of its strategic priorities from 2011 to 2013. It was noted that the expectations of Member States, United Nations system organizations and civil society for the new entity were extremely high, and that there was an opportunity for UN Women to exercise innovative and strategic leadership in addressing issues across sectors.
The Committee thanked the Chair of the Working Group on Programme Criticality and expressed its appreciation for the work of the Working Group. It agreed to reconsider the issue at its twenty-first session, in spring 2011, on the basis of the Working Group’s final recommendations.
The Committee requested ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to organize a meeting of focal points to be designated by Committee members to examine the policy and technology issues together. In light of the meeting’s expected conclusions, the Committee would consider either the establishment of one stream of work under CEB, or a dedicated working group on the policy issues.
Committee members agreed to provide the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States information in writing on their mandates, programmes and perspectives with regard to the Conference, as well as to a global initiative and partnership for building productive capacity. The Committee would lay the ground at its next session for a possible CEB statement of support in the lead-up to the Conference.