United Nations system action plan for the further implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries during the period 2007 2010

The Chief Executives Board followed up on its decision, at its fall session 2006, that United Nations system organizations would redouble their efforts to accelerate the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action in their respective fields of competence.

Aid for trade

The Board considered the contribution that it could make to the aid-for-trade agenda. The Board was of the view that the United Nations system could help to facilitate the mainstreaming of aid-for-trade into national development strategies, given the work of the United Nations system in trade and its presence on the ground. The Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), at the CEB session of April 2007, suggested creating a CEB cluster on trade and productive capacity.

Peacebuilding

The Board was informed of the implications of the integrated peacebuilding strategies for the United Nations system with the purpose of initiating consideration of how to develop better modalities for United Nations system engagement in the work of the Peacebuilding Commission. The main purpose of the Peacebuilding Commission was to bring together all relevant actors to marshal resources, and to advise on and propose integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery.

Disaster reduction

The Board considered the issue of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into United Nations development policies and practices following a request from the Secretary-General for CEB to take up the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. In that context, the importance of a coherent United Nations system approach in helping countries to reduce the risk of disasters and in integrating disaster risk considerations into sustainable development strategies was stressed.

Rights of persons with disabilities

The Chief Executives Board reviewed recent developments concerning the rights of person with disabilities in the light of the adoption by the General Assembly, in its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006, of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto. Given the wide scope of the Convention, including measures to protect and promote human rights through social development, one of the most challenging aspects of its implementation was the coordination of actors, policies and programmes.

UN-Energy, UN-Water and UN-Oceans

CEB reviewed the progress in the work of UN-Energy, UN-Water and UN Oceans. UN-Energy had established a family of practitioners across the system, produced five publications, and had become poised to play a major role in United Nations system issues management. UN-Energy’s efforts had contributed to the recognition that energy was a fundamental component in any discussion of economic integration, sustainable development and climate change.

Employment toolkit

The Chief Executives Board reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Toolkit for Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work, which was prepared under the leadership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in close collaboration with all CEB members and was endorsed by the Board at its 2007 spring session. CEB member organizations were in the process of undertaking self-assessments of the employment and decent work outcomes of their policies, programmes and activities.