The Director of the CEB Secretariat and the HLCM Secretary briefed the Committee on the latest developments on the inter-governmental discussion on harmonization of Business Practices in the UN System, and on the fund raising campaign for the HLCM Plan of Action.


No detailed record of the discussion on this topic was recorded.


The Committee:

Considered the outcome of the work carried out by its Networks in response to the Committee’s request “to carry out a review of all the projects included in the Plan of Action, with a view to assessing their relevance and priority in light of the changed financial context, and to refining their expected outcomes, timelines and projected resource requirements, also based on the feedback already received from the donor community” and “to identify areas where work could and should proceed independently of external funding, and to commit the necessary financial and human resources to such priority areas”.

Took note of the encouraging recognition at the highest inter-governmental level of the work carried out by the Committee towards simplification and harmonization of business practices, as well of Member States’ request to continue such work under the guidance of organizations’ respective executive boards and governing bodies.

Took note of developments with the selection of priority projects from the original Plan of Action, as proposed by the HLCM Networks. It recommended to expedite action, under the guidance of the Steering Committee for Business Practices, to allocate funds upon their receipt and to start project implementation. It also requested organizations to ensure continuing support within agencies participating in each project, as well as compliance with agreed timeframes, and frequent and transparent reporting to donors and to the CEB.

Took note of the briefing by the Director of the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) on UNDG activities in the area of management, appreciated the joint effort by the CEB Secretariat and DOCO to strengthen the coordination and information sharing mechanisms between their respective constituencies, and recommended continuing on this well–established pattern of coordination.