Background

The Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes, Achim Steiner, briefed the Board on action taken by the Committee, which was aimed at helping to contribute to increased coherence and synergy within the United Nations system on sustainable development. First, he was pleased to introduce the draft CEB joint statement for Rio+20, recalling that it stemmed from an agreement in CEB to issue a joint statement closer to the Conference as a “clarion call” for renewed political commitment and scaled-up actions for sustainable development. The draft statement communicated the United Nations system’s collective position of support for Member States in taking forward the outcome of the Conference. In this connection, he noted the very favourable response by Governments to the joint preambular text that CEB had adopted at its last session, which had successfully conveyed the unity of the United Nations system’s collective readiness to help the world’s nations and peoples to make sustainable development a reality.

Action

Following a short discussion at the CEB formal session and subsequent retreat, the Board adopted the CEB Joint Statement to Rio+20.  The statement was released publicly on 20 April 2012.