On behalf of the Board, the Secretary-General welcomed new members: Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Office (ILO), and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, as well as new members of his delegation: Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, and Mr. Yukio Takasu, Under-Secretary-General for Management.
Dr. Kim pointed out that working closely with the United Nations system on a common agenda under the leadership of the Secretary-General would be one of the priorities of his presidency. He suggested using CEB as a problem-solving tool for reviewing progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals at the country level. Noting existing mechanisms for tracking Millennium Development Goals-related achievements, including the Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework, he proposed to review implementation of the Millennium Development Goals during the semi-annual meetings of CEB in order to identify and address challenges and bottlenecks in achieving results on the ground.
Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Chair, United Nations Development Group (UNDG), welcomed the proposal to devote a portion of each CEB session to discussing the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. She noted that through the Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework, which was being implemented in more than 40 countries, the United Nations development system was already supporting acceleration efforts.
CEB supported the proposal to include, in its semi-annual meetings, a review of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals at the country level, in conjunction with the CEB retreat sessions.