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1. The thirty-ninth session of the High-level Committee on Programmes of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which had been scheduled to be held on 6 and 7 April 2020 at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

2. The meeting agenda had originally been structured to advance the Committee’s work in support of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, in line with the conclusions of CEB at its second regular session of 2019.

3. Despite the cancellation, the Chair of the Committee, Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization, requested the Secretary of the Committee to support the respective lead entities in making progress on the individual work streams of the Committee and to provide an update to the Committee, which is effected through the present report.

4. The Chair further decided to defer the scoping discussion on the future work of the Committee until its fortieth session. In advance of the Committee meeting, the secretariat will seek input from members to inform an orientation paper that will serve as background to the discussion, highlighting possible future “pipeline issues” and opportunities to improve the Committee’s operating modalities.