At its 30th session in October 2015, HLCP recognized the need to develop a system-wide approach to coordinate climate change action. Accordingly, at its 31st session in March 2016, HLCP approved a set of Common Core Principles for a UN System-Wide Approach to Climate Action, which was subsequently endorsed by CEB in April 2016. The Committee tasked the three Assistant Secretaries-General of UNDP, UNEP and UN-DESA, at its 32nd session, to prepare, in consultation with key stakeholders, a “UN system Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action”. At HLCP’s 33rd session, the draft Strategic Approach was introduced by its authors.
The “UN System Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action”, consisted of eight thematic “impact areas” that had been identified as specific areas for joint climate action in order to deliver results for Member States through improved and increased collaboration among UN system entities. It would be implemented through existing tools and mechanisms at global, regional and country levels in an effort to leverage available UN system expertise and avoid duplication and redundancies. Its implementation could commence expeditiously with a view to maximise synergies and deliver co-benefits across the global sustainable development and climate change agreements. The Committee unanimously supported the adoption of the Strategic Approach noting the collaborative and consultative manner in which it had been developed.
HLCP approved the UN system Strategic Approach on Climate Change Action, subject to the incorporation of minor revisions emanating from the discussion, for onward submission to CEB for its endorsement. With this approval, this long-standing agenda item reached its conclusion.