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This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM and HLCP). Discussions on Programme issues (F2005 review of the United Nations Millennium Declaration: the response of the United Nations system; Information technology: coordinating the policy advice provided to countries and strengthening knowledge management within the system) and Management issues (Staff security and safety;  Follow-up to the report of the High-level Panel on the Strengthening of the International Civil Service; Dialogue with staff representatives and the Chairman of the International Civil Service Commission).


Action on 2005 review of the United Nations Millennium Declaration

CEB members underscored the enormous political importance of the 2005 high-level event. The opportunity it offered the United Nations system to help shape its outcome should not be missed. HLCP was invited to continue its work on the accountability report, as well as to pursue discussions on the proposal of the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

CEB decided to continue discussions on the focus and priorities of the Secretary-General’s report for the 2005 event in the context of the private meeting and revert to issues relating to the review of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration at its next session.

Action on Knowledge Management

CEB endorsed the recommendations before it as follows: HLCP, in close consultation with the High-level Summit Organizing Committee for the World Summit on the Information Society (HLSOC), should undertake a work programme for mainstreaming and integrating information and communications technology (ICT) into the broader Millennium Development Goals agenda...

Action on Follow-up to the report of the High-level Panel on the Strengthening of the International Civil Service

CEB members endorsed the conclusions of HLCM and decided to convey to the Commission their strong disappointment over ICSC comments on the Panel’s report and their expectation that the outcome of the General Assembly’s discussion would be positive with regard to the key recommendations of the Panel.

Action on Programme Matters

CEB noted with appreciation the strong leadership that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman had provided to the Committee, as well as the innovation and energy they had brought to inter-agency collaboration. It approved by acclamation the extension of the tenure of the Chairman, Lennart Båge, and the Vice-Chairman, Mats Karlsson, for a further two-year term.