Issues discussed at the session: Post-2015 development; Youth Employment; Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction; Twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Plat form for Action; Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and policies on Information; New United Nations urban agenda; Climate Change; Small Island Developing States and Summary of Information Items.
HLCP decided to seek concurrence from CEB that in its role as a UN system "think tank" to focus its work on a limited number of strategic issues as a means to assist CEB in identifying and responding to emerging programmatic issues of concern to the entire UN system. The issues of “Youth Employment” and the “Urban Agenda” were selected as two "prototype" platforms for practically applying the five key elements of the post-2015 agenda identified by CEB and supporting fit-for-purpose efforts by mobilizing UN system capacity and operationalizing the establishment of issue-based coalitions and partnerships.
Supported the establishment of a time-bound task team on youth employment and requested a core group led by ILO to develop terms of reference and a timeline of its work for consideration by HLCP and eventual endorsement by CEB.
Agreed that the CEB statement to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction would be finalized by UNISDR in light of the Committee’s discussion. The text would then be submitted to CEB for endorsement (Annex III).
Agreed that the CEB statement to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on the occasion of the 20-year anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action would be finalized by UN-Women in light of the Committee’s discussion and based on any additional written comments received (Annex IV). The text would then be submitted to CEB for endorsement and onward transmission to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The Chair proposed, and HLCP agreed to, a two-fold approach:
Request ITU and UNESCO to convene, within the next 7 to 10 days, along with other HLCP members wishing to participate, including in particular DESA and the World Bank Group, in a final effort to resolve any remaining issues; and
Present to CEB the outcomes of the Committee’s discussions - alongside the presentation by the Secretary-General of ITU – and, should the group reach agreement following the further consultations undertaken as per point 1, present the document for CEB approval.
Invited the Working Group to propose a revised way forward for work on the Urban Agenda in light of the varying views expressed by Committee members and the Committee's decision to use this as a prototype platform to showcase practical application of the fit-for-purpose efforts.