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Issues discussed at the session: Fairer, greener, sustainable globalization; Rio +20; Follow-up to the GA Plenary meeting on the MDGs; Climate change; Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs; and Biodiversity.


Action on Sustainable Globalization

The Committee agreed that its continued work on a fairer, greener, sustainable globalization would proceed in two stages: the elaboration of a first report for discussion within the United Nations system, which would possibly also serve as an input to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20); and a more comprehensive, policy-oriented report to be completed in the course of 2012. The Vice-Chair of the Committee would lead in the development of the annotated outline of the first report, working with a small group of individuals designated by the current and past Chairs.

Action on the Working Group on Climate Change

The Committee concurred that the Working Group on Climate Change was a valuable coordination platform whose work should be supported. It agreed to extend the mandate of the Group for another year and requested Mr. Wuester to continue as Chair, with the aims of forging a unified approach to Durban and developing programmatic approaches to supporting the implementation of climate change action. The Committee agreed that the paper of the Chair of the Working Group was a good basis for the pursuit of a stronger coordination effort between the Working Group and the Task Team.

Action on the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries

The Chair designated a small group, composed of representatives of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNIDO, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the Vice-Chair of the Committee and other interested members, to work with the Office of the High Representative in redrafting the proposed CEB statement for approval by the Board at its spring 2011 session (annex III to the present report contains the final statement, issued on 2 May 2011).

Action on Biodiversity

The Committee agreed that its Chair would bring to the attention of CEB salient issues related to the United Nations system-wide response in terms of how to mainstream biodiversity issues, in particular the Nagoya outcomes, into the presentation of his report on the current session of the Committee. The Committee also agreed to revert to the matter of biodiversity at its next session, in order to ascertain whether it should play a further role.