Background

Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes, introduced the report of the Committee on its twenty-sixth session, held at the headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva on 17 and 18 October 2013. The session covered a number of issues of significance for system-wide coherence efforts.

Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water, briefed the Board on the outcome of the nineteenth meeting of the body, which was held in Stockholm in August 2013, as well as on recent developments.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and Chair of UN-Energy, Kandeh Yumkella, briefed the Board on recent activities undertaken by UN-Energy and provided an update in Sustainable Energy for All and other energy-related initiatives.

Discussion

The Secretary-General thanked the Chair of the Committee for his briefing and announced plans for the Climate Summit, which would be held in New York on 23 September 2014, one day before the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly at its sixty-ninth session. He noted that the Summit presented a unique opportunity to leverage unprecedented financial, political and organizational capital.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Pillay, commended Mr. Steiner for his admirable leadership of the Committee. She was pleased to have served as host for the Committee at its twenty-fifth session and stressed that Palais Wilson, the United Nations human rights house, was open to all CEB members.

Action

CEB endorsed the report of the High-level Committee on Programmes on its twenty-sixth session (CEB/2013/6), as well as the Secretary-General’s statement, entitled “Renewing our commitment to the peoples and purposes of the United Nations” (see annex I). The Board thanked Messrs. Jarraud and Yumkella for their briefings and leadership, respectively, of UN-Water and UN-Energy.