The representative of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs introduced a note on the engagement of the United Nations system in the work of the coordination segment of the Economic and Social Council, underscoring that the changes that the Council had undergone as outlined in the 2005 World Summit Outcome and General Assembly resolution 61/16 provided a unique opportunity for CEB members to reinvigorate their engagement with it. He hoped to build upon the discussion that the High-level Committee had had at its thirteenth session, in which the need to define approaches and develop modalities to engage United Nations system agencies in a real dialogue with the Council had been stressed. In this regard, he drew attention to the central role of the coordination segment as the main forum for a meaningful dialogue between the Council and CEB member organizations on the role of the system in implementing resolutions of the Economic and Social Council.
Members of the Committee welcomed the paper and expressed their support for the principle of enhanced coordination between CEB and the Economic and Social Council. There was a range of views concerning the feasibility of the recommendations, however, in particular with regard to a possible linkage of the annual overview report and the predetermined themes of the Council’s coordination segment. Some members considered that that would risk constraining the CEB agenda and inhibiting the Board’s ability to respond effectively to emerging issues, such as had been the case with the CEB response to the food crisis.
The Secretary of CEB was requested to lead a joint review by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the CEB secretariat of the proposals to take account of the concerns expressed by members of the Committee. As part of the review, the Department was also requested to contemplate measures to raise the level of participation in the coordination segment of the Economic and Social Council.