The Chair introduced the discussion by underscoring that the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development represented a once-in-two-decades opportunity to bring the world together to address sustainable development. The High-level Committee, meeting just prior to the second meeting of the Preparatory Committee, had agreed to review and have an exchange of views on the work on the themes of the Conference with a view to providing strategic advice to CEB. The Chair warmly welcomed Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in his capacity as Secretary-General of the Conference, to brief the High-level Committee on the preparatory process.
Committee members thanked the Chair and the Working Group for their dedicated efforts to harmonize the United Nations system’s work on climate change. Many highlighted the added value that the mechanism represented as a forum for strategic work and system-wide coherence on climate change policy, in particular in preparation for the climate change conferences. Members offered a number of comments with regard to the future work of the United Nations system on climate change
The Committee concurred that the Working Group on Climate Change was a valuable coordination platform whose work should be supported. It agreed to extend the mandate of the Group for another year and requested Mr. Wuester to continue as Chair, with the aims of forging a unified approach to Durban and developing programmatic approaches to supporting the implementation of climate change action. The Committee agreed that the paper of the Chair of the Working Group was a good basis for the pursuit of a stronger coordination effort between the Working Group and the Task Team.