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Issues discussed at the session: Sustainable Development: Preparations for Rio +20; Oceans Compact; Regional Dimension of Development; Human Rights and Development; The World at 7 Billion and Beyond; Disaster Risk Reduction; Climate Change; Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR); System Wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity; WSIS; EMG Report “A Framework for Advancing Environmental and Social Sustainability in the UN system; UN-Water; Consolidation of CEB Secretariat.


Action on the Report of the Panel on Global Sustainability

HLCP took note with appreciation of the report of the Panel on Global Sustainability entitled ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future worth Choosing’ and agreed to ask CEB to provide HLCP with guidance on the specific role it wished HLCP to play in facilitating the UN system’s response to recommendations contained in the report (Annex VI - list of GSP recommendations).

Action on Human Rights and Development

The Committee took note of the overwhelming support for the inclusion of human rights issues in the agenda of HLCP. It therefore agreed to include human rights policy coherence as a regular HLCP agenda item, as and when required, to discuss relevant human rights themes. In preparation of such discussions, it asked OHCHR to consult the membership when proposing themes. The Committee also agreed to more systematically integrate human rights in joint CEB advocacy statements and system-wide messages.

Action on The World at 7 Billion and Beyond

HLCP requested UNFPA to review its proposal and submit for consideration by the HLCP at its 24th session, the Terms of Reference of an inter-agency working group tasked with producing an HLCP position paper on mainstreaming population dynamics across the UN system, with greater specificity in terms of deliverables. A final position paper could be submitted through HLCP for the approval of CEB at its spring 2013 session.

Action on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Committee requested UNISDR, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, to lead the preparation of the proposed checklist for the UN system to mainstream disaster risk reduction taking into account their ongoing policies and programmes. These efforts should build on existing inter-agency mechanisms and thematic platforms in place. The Committee also requested the Special Representative to convene a time-bound senior management group to prepare a system-wide Plan of Action on how to more strategically identify and act on core issues and gaps in disaster risk reduction. HLCP would revert to this issue at its spring 2013 (25th) session.

Action on Climate Change

The Committee agreed to extend the mandate of its Working Group on Climate Change for another two years. The Committee requested Ms. Manaenkova to continue as Chair, and that the Group hold further in-depth discussions on its Plan of Activities and Priorities in 2012. The Committee also agreed to include “mitigation” as an additional priority focus area for the Group and urged closer coordination with the UNDG Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio +20. Finally, the Committee agreed to invite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to participate in the work of the Group. On this basis, the Committee will revert to this issue at its spring 2014 (27th) session with periodic updates from the Chair of the Working Group to the Committee.

Action on the System Wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

HLCP took note with great appreciation of the progress achieved in the development of the UN System-wide Action Plan (SWAP) on the implementation of the UN system-wide policy on gender equality and the empowerment of women. It highlighted the exemplary practice in coordination, coherence, collaboration and substantive quality of the results achieved under the leadership of UN Women. HLCP also encouraged UN system entities to take the SWAP (Annex VII) forward in order to ensure a seamless continuum from development to implementation.