Document type

Document reference


Date published


Last updated


Meeting location

Conclusions of the Thirty-Second Session of the High Level Committee on Programmes (UN Headquarters, New York, 29 and 30 September 2016)  Issues discussed at the session: Risk, Prevention, and Resilience;  UN System Leadership Model in the Post-2015 Era; Cross-Pillar Linkages and the 2030 Agenda; Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Heart of Sustainable Development; Follow-up to the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants;  and Summary of information Items: Istanbul Programme of Actions for the LDCs; and Reports of UN-Water, UN-Energy, UN-Oceans.

Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Heart of Sustainable Development - A Shared UN Framework for Action

Rising inequalities across the world have become a defining challenge of our time. Gross inequalities both within and among countries are putting sustainable development at risk, stirring social unrest, undermining social progress, threatening economic and political stability, and undercutting human rights. As such, they threaten all pillars of the UN System’s work, from development to human rights to peace and security.


Action on Climate change

The Committee approved the proposed road map for the preparation of a United Nations system-wide strategic approach on climate change action (see annex III to the present report), pending incorporation of the revisions emanating from the discussion, and agreed to the establishment of an ad hoc time-bound core task team to prepare the strategic approach, under the continued guidance of the Assistant Secretaries-General of UNDP, UNEP and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and taking into account the discussion just concluded, for consideration by the Committee at its thirty-third session.

Action on risk, prevention and resilience

 The Committee welcomed the progress of work as outlined in the paper on risk, prevention and resilience and, as a first step, requested the task team, under the leadership of WFP, to deepen its work on interoperability of concepts and a potential conceptual framework on risk and resilience, taking into account the feedback and guidance provided during the discussion. The Committee agreed to revert to the item at its thirty-third session, with a report on progress.

Action on leadership

The Committee supported the seven leadership elements outlined in the paper on the United Nations leadership model developed under UNDG auspices as a basis for further efforts to be undertaken by the Committee in collaboration with the High-level Committee on Management and UNDG. The Committee further supported the approach, plan and focus areas for such further work as proposed by the joint High-level Committee on Programmes/High-level Committee on Management task team, pending adjustments, as appropriate, in light of the comments and inputs provided during the discussions (and those from the High-level Committee on Management). The Committee requested the joint task team, together with the working group on leadership under UNDG, to prepare a unified and comprehensive proposal on United Nations system leadership for consideration by the Committee at its thirty-third session, with a view to submitting it to CEB at its first regular session of 2017.

Action on cross-pillar linkages

The Committee tasked the Secretariat with developing, in consultation with relevant entities and taking into account the discussions just concluded, a concrete proposal on how to take forward an effort aimed at enhancing the United Nations system’s knowledge, thinking and data capacity, for consideration by the Committee at its thirty-third session.

Action on migration

The Committee agreed to keep the matter of system-wide follow-up to the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants under review and, as appropriate, consider progress on the issue at future sessions with a view to making further contributions, from broad and diverse system-wide perspectives, in the area of policy coherence and programmatic coordination across United Nations efforts.