The Chairman of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) briefed CEB on the work of the Committee at its seventh session, held in Beirut on 26 and 27 February 2004. In preparing for the main theme on the agenda of the CEB spring session, “Curbing transnational crime”, the Committee had launched a consultative process within the system under the leadership of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The process had resulted in a series of recommendations for the organizations of the system to take collective and individual actions to combat transnational crime, which was being increasingly acknowledged as a grave challenge to peace and security, development, human rights, democracy and good governance. Those recommendations were outlined in the report of the Committee.


The Board expressed appreciation to the Chairman for the excellent work being done by the Committee under his leadership. It noted with satisfaction the evolution of the work of the Committee and welcomed its efforts to enhance synergies among the coordination mechanisms within the United Nations system.