Issues discussed included: Review of recent developments on system-wide coherence and the implications for the Chief Executives Board; Review of the High-level Committee on Programmes’ role, functioning and working methods; Evaluation of the United Nations pilots; Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review; Climate change; Peacebuilding; African development.
The High-level Committee on Programmes agreed to endorse the recommendations of the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
The committe agreed that the CEB secretariat will regularize systematic consultation with the Policy Committee secretariat to ensure greater complementarity between the work of the two committees and to make sure that issues of a broad system-wide nature involve the relevant actors.
The Committee agreed that, based on further work by the CEB secretariat in consultation with members, it would take up any further issues related to its working methods and work programme at an intersessional meeting on the margins of the Economic and Social Council in July 2008.
The Committee expressed appreciation to the United Nations Evaluation Group for the work undertaken to date, and looked forward to the outcome of the evaluability process, which would provide the basis for further work. It noted the professional and independent nature of the Group and the need to strengthen its functioning over the longer term. It encouraged the CEB secretariat to continue to work with the Group in developing the approach for the independent evaluation of delivering as one and to ensure that the Group’s mandate, membership and involvement in recent triennial comprehensive policy review rounds would be well understood and supported by both United Nations system organizations and Member States.
There was agreement on the importance of more accountability and realism in commitments, as well as ownership by the United Nations system. It was noted that actions to implement the triennial comprehensive policy review should be strictly in line with the intergovernmental mandates contained in the resolution.