The Director-General participates in the session of the Chief Executives Board

The Director-General participates in the session of the Chief Executives Board
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On 20 and 21 April 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, participated in the first regular session of 2007 of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) at ILO Headquarters in Geneva and at Mont Pelerin, followed by a retreat.

This was the first CEB session chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The main focus of the discussions was on issues related to the UN reform process and, in particular, on how to implement the One UN approach at country level. There was a broad consensus on the importance for the UN to demonstrate its capacity to deliver as One in the eight pilots - launched in pursuance of the decisions of the 2004 Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review - through a more transparent, cost-effective and coherent approach to developing common programmes.

In this context, the Director-General confirmed UNESCO’s willingness to actively participate in the One UN pilots, as the success of testing the various modalities of coherent UN action was crucial for the later expansion of the approach to other developing countries. In this regard, Mr Matsuura commended UNDP Administrator Derviş’s efforts in adopting a more flexible approach to delivering as One, which facilitates the participation of Specialized Agencies in country-level action. The Director-General also underscored the importance of striving towards greater coherence and collaboration with the Bretton Woods Institutions, in particular the World Bank.

The CEB considered developments as concerns the implementation of the new mandates entrusted to ECOSOC by the 2005 World Summit, notably the Annual Ministerial Reviews of progress towards internationally agreed development goals, which the CEB feels offers the UN system a new opportunity to enhance the Council’s impact and relevance in the drive towards closer system-wide coordination and deeper policy coherence. The harmonization and reform of UN system business practices was also seen to make an important contribution in this regard.

The CEB also considered the programme and management issues brought to its attention by the High-level Committees of Programme and Management (HLCP and HLCM), including the ILO toolkit to mainstream the objectives of full and productive employment and decent work for all in the policies and programmes of UN organizations, and the WTO initiative Aid for Trade.

At the retreat, the CEB had exchanges on current developments, including those in Darfur and the Middle East, and on themes of climate change and the future functioning of the CEB, which will be further discussed at the CEB fall session.

  • Auteur(s):La Porte-parole
  • Source:Flash Info N° 061-2007
  • 26-04-2007
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