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This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees (HLCM and HLCP). Discussions on Programme issues (Follow-up to the Millennium Summit: “Treatment and prevention of diseases, including HIV/AIDS and malaria”; System-wide support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Functioning of HLCP) and Management issues (Education for All; World Summit on the Information Society; Launch of new security training programme).


Action on Follow-up to the Millennium Summit: “Treatment and prevention of diseases, including HIV/AIDS and malaria”

CEB noted the need for further analysis and incorporation of a focus on reproductive health, as well as for greater attention to prevention aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In a like manner, a culture of prevention should be applicable to malaria which poses serious health problems in many parts of the world. In this regard, the United Nations system organizations need to support research and collaborative efforts to address this scourge. It was noted that the United Nations system should be a model of best practice in combating HIV/AIDS both at headquarters and in the field. Present efforts should be reinforced through effective follow-up action in implementing the system-wide strategy to combat HIV/AIDS. In this regard, CEB called on its members to fully implement the United Nations system’s existing policies on HIV/AIDS in the workplace, inter alia, through allocation of the required resources.

Action on System-wide support for NEPAD

CEB reiterated that NEPAD deserves the full and continuing support of the international community and provides an appropriate framework for the United Nations system with respect to maximizing the effectiveness and impact of its contribution to the sustainable development of Africa. It urged organizations of the system to maintain their current engagement in Africa, while responding to specific requests for support in advancing the implementation of NEPAD. It also called on CEB members to continue to consult and coordinate with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as the system’s key interlocutor on NEPAD. CEB requested HLCP to maintain NEPAD in its agenda and to keep its implementation under review.

Action on the Functioning of HLCP

CEB noted the new, flexible and pragmatic arrangements for inter-agency coordination in the programme areas covered by the former Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) subsidiary bodies. It welcomed the Committee’s decision to monitor and give, as required, policy guidance to inter-agency thematic networks, and called on the CEB secretariat to provide systematic and objective information and support to the Committee in this regard. In this context, CEB concurred with the need to give special attention to ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to continue to secure organized inter-agency coordination in areas of system-wide concern, particularly freshwater, that are crucial for development and for which several agencies share responsibility.

Action on Management issues

CEB recalled its decision calling for an independent review aimed at strengthening both the international civil service and the Commission itself. It expressed the hope that such a review would be undertaken as soon as possible.

CEB noted that the two High-level Committees are making good progress in their work and have moved beyond the organizational phase towards addressing substantive issues — both within the scope of their own responsibilities and in support of CEB. It expressed its appreciation to the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the two Committees and noted the support provided by the secretariat which is accountable to all CEB members.