The Director-General hosts a meeting of Heads of Specialized Agencies

The Director-General hosts a meeting of Heads of Specialized Agencies
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On 7 March 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, hosted a meeting of the Heads of the five large Specialized Agencies – ILO, FAO, UNIDO and WHO. In attendance were Juan Somavia, Director-General of ILO; Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO; Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO, as well as Denis Aitken, Representative of WHO Director-General Margret Chan for Partnerships and UN Reform.

The purpose of this meeting, organized as part of a series of regular meetings held by these Executive Heads several times a year, was to exchange views and define common positions on the report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel (HLP) on UN System-wide Coherence “Delivering as One”, issued in November 2006.

The Heads of the Specialized Agencies expressed their commitment to making UN reform a success and to ensuring that the agencies are able to bring their unique competences fully to bear in support of national development.

The Executive Heads expressed their readiness to contribute to the conduct of One UN approaches in eight pilot countries, but underlined that the pilots must be “true pilots” for testing new approaches to be assessed and analyzed, and for drawing lessons and learning from mistakes before scaling up certain approaches. The emphasis was that one size does not fit all needs and requirements. In this regard, Mr Matsuura informed his counterparts of his discussions in New York with UNDP Administrator Derviş, whose support and flexible attitude towards the implementation of the One UN approach at the country level the Director-General found very encouraging.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N°038-2007
  • 13-03-2007
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