Issues discussed at the session: Towards the Post-2015 Development Agenda; CEB Review of MDG Implementation; Promoting the Rule of Law; Advancing the Common Agenda: Disaster Risk Reduction, Oceans, Cybercrime and Cyber Security; Implications of Internal and International Migration; Demographic Dynamics: Youth, The World of 7 Billion; Migration and Development; Implementation of HLCP and CEB Decisions; UN Activities in Combating Drugs and Organized Crime; Cybersecurity/Cybercrime; Climate Change; Review by CEB of MDG Implementation; UN System-wide Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries (LDCs); Briefings from UN-Water and UN-Energy; Post-2015 Development Agenda; Beijing +20; WSIS +10; Sustainable Maritime Transportation System.
The Committee thanked Mr. Chawla for his briefing and took note with appreciation of the Issues Note. The Chair encouraged HLCP members to support the preparations towards the 2016 Special Session of the General Assembly.
The Committee endorsed the draft framework, subject to the incorporation of a number of minor amendments which would be reflected in the final paper transmitted with its report to the CEB (Annex III). It requested the United Nations Group on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity to report back to HLCP at its 28th session on progress made in implementing the framework into programme policy strategies.
HLCP welcomed and took note of the briefing. The Committee recommended that the Working Group on Climate Change continue the development of a strategy on UN system support for climate action. HLCP would revert to this issue and review the Working Group’s mandate at the Committee’s 27th session.
The Committee endorsed the following: a) In conducting its work, the IACG will continue to utilize the analytical, technical and operational capabilities and resources of the High-Level Committee on Programmes; b) To assist organizations that have not yet been able to mainstream the Istanbul Programme of Action in their work programmes, OHRLLS will develop, with the advice of the High-Level Committee on Programmes and the support of interested organizations, a set of guidelines and best practices as a toolkit for mainstreaming Istanbul Programme of Action for consideration by the Committee at its 27th session;
The Committee endorsed the proposal to prepare a pragmatic 2-page paper with a few targeted questions, on the basis of the discussion and the background note prepared by the Vice-Chair for consideration by CEB at its Fall 2013 session. The paper would invite Principals to reflect on the constituent elements of a UN system that was ‘fit for purpose’ for serving the world and its peoples in the rapidly changing environment of the 21st century, with discipline, clarity and unity.
The Committee recommends that CEB reaffirm its commitment to the human rights principles of the United Nations, as established in the United Nations Charter and codified in the human rights conventions and declarations adopted under United Nations auspices and as contained in the Secretary-General’s “Renewed Commitment to the United Nations Founding Purposes”.
It was concluded that the Committee and CEB should keep the implementation of the outcome of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development under review. To this end, CEB may wish to request the GMG to formulate a synthesis of follow-up action to be taken by the United Nations system, to be presented to the HLCP at its 27th session, and for the Board’s consideration at its first regular session of 2014.