This report covers: Discussions on Programme issues (Employment and decent work, Aid for trade, One United Nations at the country level); and Management issues (Harmonization and reform of United Nations System Business Practices).
The Board endorsed the recommendation of the High-level Committee on Programmes that the High-level Committee on Management and its relevant networks be actively engaged in pursuing the matter with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The Board endorsed the initiative of the High-level Committee on Management on the development of the proposed action plan and decided to revert to the matter at its next meeting. In this context, the Board also endorsed the proposal of the High-level Committee on Management for the preparation of a detailed study by the CEB secretariat on the functioning of the International Civil Service Commission.
Broad support was expressed for the establishment, under CEB, of thematic clusters of interested organizations, as a means to ensure that country-level actions of the system were guided by coherent policy frameworks, and that the comparative advantages of the agencies directly engaged in the relevant thematic areas were fully tapped.
The Board fully endorsed the call of the HLCP for an evaluation of the pilots. CEB called upon the United Nations Evaluation Group to urgently establish the substantive parameters and process for the evaluation of the pilots and requested to be kept fully and regularly informed of progress.