The presence of a common vision is a primary condition for achieving coherence and is critical to the system’s progress in advancing common goals in the development area, including its linkages to peace and security. The United Nations System Staff College is an integral part of the effort to develop such a vision and of rooting it in a shared understanding of, and common approaches to, programmatic and management practices across the system.

At their February meetings, HLCP and HLCM considered proposals for prioritizing the curriculum of the Staff College, emphasizing “life cycle” training for United Nations system staff members. In addition to focusing on management issues, the proposals address the feasibility of pilot programmes on some of the key themes covered by the Millennium Summit Declaration.

The two High-level Committees concurred in principle with the approaches underlying the proposals, subject to the development of a business plan to be reviewed by the Staff College Board of Governors. It was noted that the role of the Staff College in creating a common system-wide culture has acquired new and greater relevance in current circumstances, but has not, as yet, been sufficiently exploited. Common senior management training could prove a particularly valuable vehicle also for gender mainstreaming.