Conclusions of the Thirty-fourth Session of the High Level Committee on Programmes (ILO Headquarters, Geneva). Issues discussed at the session: Horizon-Scanning of Emerging Issues (with a focus on frontier issues in the domain of technology): Artificial Intelligence, Cyberspace, Biotechnology, and New Weaponry; Deeper Examination of Select Focus Areas/Nexuses of Emerging Challenges: Future of Food, Future of Work; UN System Capacity to Address Emerging Challenges: Risk, Prevention, and Resilience; and Summary of Information Items: Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries, UN-Water, UN-Energy, and UN-Oceans.
The draft discussion papers on cyberspace, biotechnology and the peace and security implications of emerging technologies will be finalized on the basis of the Committee’s deliberations and submitted to CEB as inputs to its forthcoming session and for further guidance.
The Committee expressed broad support for deepening and expanding its understanding on the complex issue of the future of food with a view to developing a coordinated system-wide vision and approach, led by FAO. A revised submission will be prepared through a consultation process led by FAO, for the Committee’s consideration at its thirty-fifth session.
The Committee approved the analytical framework on risk and resilience contained in annex III, subject to the incorporation of final comments made during the discussion, for onward submission to CEB for endorsement. The Committee requested WFP to continue to play a lead role in promoting its utilization, in cooperation with relevant mechanisms/actors.