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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: “Strategies for sustainable development”; Africa’s development and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Management issues (Education for All; World Summit on the Information Society; Launch of new security training programme).


Action on Launch of new Security Training Programme

CEB expressed particular appreciation to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for coordinating the inter-agency team, composed of the Office of the United Nations Security Coordinator, the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that developed the course.

Action on Follow-up to the Millennium Summit:

CEB requested that consultations on substantive inter-organizational requirements be pursued to guide the form and tasks of such arrangements, taking into account existing mechanisms. Noting the diversity of energy-related activities in the United Nations system, CEB advocated a similar approach whereby the identification of substantive tasks would guide consideration of appropriate mechanisms, including modalities for engagement with key non-United Nations system actors.

Action on Programme Matters

CEB requested HLCP to pursue further work on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its linkages with food security and institutional capacity, and to report on the matter to the Board at its second regular session of 2003. The Board will revert, at that time, to the feasibility of issuing a statement on the subject.

On system-wide support for Africa’s development and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), CEB endorsed the approach recommended by HLCP, in other words, one in which the thematic clusters established in the context of the regional consultations on NEPAD should serve as the main instrument for consolidating United Nations system support for African development. The Board decided to issue a statement in support of the Doha Development Agenda.

Action on Education for all

CEB expressed support for the recommendations contained in the UNESCO note on the subject, and, in particular, the need to focus on ensuring that education for all planning processes are integrated with sector plans, PRSPs and wider development frameworks, as well as for harmonization among donors so as to alleviate the administrative burden of aid on Governments of developing countries.