Background

Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, EOSG, presented key aspects and main recommendations of the report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Commissioned by the Secretary-General in August 2010, the 22 member Panel had been tasked to formulate a vision to “eradicate poverty and reduce inequality, make growth inclusive and production and consumption more sustainable, while combating climate change and respecting a range of other planetary boundaries.”

The Panel’s final report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future worth Choosing,” was launched in Addis Ababa on 30 January 2012. It contained 56 recommendations aimed at advancing sustainable development and fostering sustained and inclusive growth and prosperity. Recommendations were divided into three broad categories: empowering people to make sustainable choices; working towards a sustainable economy; and strengthening institutional governance.

The report proposed a range of intermediate and long-term actions to make sustainable development a reality. Several key elements of the report required particular attention by all stakeholders. Those included the nexus approach which emphasized the interlinkages of sectoral issues, the issues of funding and private investments, the need to incorporate externalities in the way progress was commonly measured and assessed, improvements in the international institutional architecture, and the need for vastly expanded partnerships in support of sustainable development.

Discussion

Some members pointed out that the process towards a new development paradigm needed to be fully participatory, taking into account the programmatic experience and expertise of the UN system as well as existing and growing areas of collaboration. Work on enhancing resilience as complementary to efforts to improve sustainability needed to be strengthened. CEB was seen as having an important role to play in bringing the various dimensions together into a cohesive sustainable development strategy for the UN system.

Action

HLCP took note with appreciation of the report of the Panel on Global Sustainability entitled ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future worth Choosing’ and agreed to ask CEB to provide HLCP with guidance on the specific role it wished HLCP to play in facilitating the UN system’s response to recommendations contained in the report (Annex VI - list of GSP recommendations).