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Issues discussed at the session: Moving towards a fairer, greener and sustainable globalization, Preparations for the Rio+20 Conference, Follow-up to decisions relating to Disaster risk reduction; Climate change; Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries; Cybersecurity.


Action on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Committee agreed that the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction would make available a tool for members of the Committee to “X-ray” their institutions for information on the state of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction. On that basis, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction would provide recommendations to the Committee for further action at its spring 2012 session. The Committee also encouraged members to consider ways to increase their strategic leadership and support for coherent United Nations action for disaster risk reduction, and to continue to pursue the mainstreaming of risk into development programmes.

Action on Climate Change

There was strong support for convening a high-level CEB event along the lines of the successful event of 2010, when the Secretary-General and executive heads spoke with one voice, engaging in dialogue with the parties. It was suggested that the incoming Chair of the Group might wish to consider these and other issues in taking forward the Committee’s work on climate.

Action on Cybersecurity

The Committee endorsed the proposal of setting up one single group, the United Nations Group on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, and agreed that ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, would refine further its terms of reference. The Committee would revert back to this issue in one year.

Action on Global Jobs Pact

The Committee endorsed the ILO proposal to host a workshop in early 2012. It requested ILO to provide a set of proposals that would challenge the system to look at what can be done jointly to amplify decent work and employment issues, building on the previous work of the Committee on this issue.