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E/2006/66

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12/05/2006

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23/02/2017

The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), during the period covering its fall 2005 and spring 2006 sessions.

During that period, the preparations for the 2005 World Summit and the follow-up to its Outcome provided the main focus for the work of the Board, and that of its High-level Committees. Their contribution to the preparatory process culminated in the publication One United Nations: Catalyst for Progress and Change — How the Millennium Declaration is Changing the Way the United Nations System Works, which, in reviewing progress in implementing the Millennium Declaration, also charts the way forward for the United Nations system.

CEB, through the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM), also addressed the cross-cutting issues of gender mainstreaming and knowledge management. In the programme area, priority issues for inter-agency attention included employment, migration and the system’s support to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, as well as follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society. In the area of management and administration, efforts focused on ensuring the safety and security of United Nations system personnel, promoting transparency and accountability as principles of good governance, better employing information and communications technologies in management and operations, enhancing the financial and human resources management and coordinating the United Nations system response to the threat of the avian influenza.

The commitment to One United Nations set the tone of CEB’s determination to work closely with the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on United Nations System-wide Coherence to advance the effectiveness and impact of the system’s response to the complex challenges facing the international community today.

The commitment to One United Nations set the tone of CEB’s determination to work closely with the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on United Nations System-wide Coherence to advance the effectiveness and impact of the system’s response to the complex challenges facing the international community today.

Introduction

The United Nations system is unique in the range and coverage of its structures and mandates and in the diversity of the means of action that are at its disposal. These characteristics can be a unique source of strength in addressing the increasingly complex and interrelated challenges that the international community is facing.

Follow-up to the 2005 World Summit Outcome

At its fall 2005 session, immediately following the 2005 World Summit, CEB focused its discussion on the implications of, and follow-up to the 2005 World Summit Outcome. The Secretary-General stressed that the Summit Outcome should be seen as a call to action — for Member States, civil society and other stakeholders, and the United Nations system as a whole. Its implications for the United Nations system were clear: the system had been challenged to be more effective and efficient across the breadth of its agenda and to demonstrate greater coherence. The bar had been set high.

Coordinating follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society

The concluding phase of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-led World Summit on the Information Society took place in Tunis in November 2005. A main objective of the process was to chart future directions in areas critical to bridging the digital divide. The outcomes of the Tunis phase, along with the earlier phase in Geneva in 2003, present a vision of an inclusive information society, which would harness information and ICTs to empower individuals, communities and nations to achieve their full potential.

One United Nations system: the way forward

In One United Nations, the organizations of the system committed themselves to a more unified, purposeful United Nations system working towards shared goals in a common endeavour to maximize the impact of their support to Member States. The setting up of the High-level Panel on United Nations System-wide Coherence is timely. It dovetails with the system’s own efforts and comes at a time of renewal and change within the system.

Statement of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination on the multilateral round of negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda and the sixth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference (Hong Kong, China, 13-18 December 2005)

We, the Executive Heads of the organizations of the United Nations system, reconfirm our support for the Doha Development Round, which has placed development at the heart of the multilateral trading system. We are resolved to work closely with the World Trade Organization to ensure the success of its forthcoming Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, China, as a stepping stone towards the conclusion of the round in 2006.