This report covers: the reports of the Board's committees; HLCM, HLCP and UNDG; Briefings on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, UN-Water, the Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, Drugs and Crime, and the World Summit on the Information Society; Issues of system-wide concern: The Data Revolution and Accountability, and a special session on the UN response to the Ebola Crisis.
CEB endorsed the report of HLCM on its 28th session, including the UN System policy on Organizational Resilience Management System, or “ORMS” (CEB/2014/5 - HLCM 28th Session Summary of Conclusions, Annex III).
CEB thanked the HLCP Chair for his briefing and endorsed the report of HLCP on its 28th session, including: the CEB statements to i) the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and ii) to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR): as well as the Terms of Reference of the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change.
CEB also endorsed the UN System Internal Coordination Plan on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, submitted jointly by both HLCM and HLCP.
The Board concluded its discussion by suggesting that, given the fast-changing landscape in the definition and practice of cybersecurity, it would wish to review the internal document after two years.
The Secretary-General thanked ITU and all CEB members for their active participation in the development of the Plan.
CEB thanked Mr. Touré for his remarks and endorsed the UN System Internal Coordination Plan on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime which was reviewed and submitted to the Board for endorsement by both HLCM and HLCP .
The Secretary-General thanked both Mr. Touré and Mr. Wu for their informative briefing, agreed that the system was in a position to contribute to the WSIS+10 process and in that regard would welcome and be guided by recommendations presented ITU and DESA.
The CEB called upon the HLCM, HLCP and UNDG, through a coordinated effort drawing on their respective areas of expertise and in collaboration with existing inter-agency mechanisms, to develop a coherent programme of work focusing on carrying forward a data revolution to be presented to CEB at its 1st regular session for 2015. UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN/DESA, UN/Regional Commissions and the World Bank Group all agreed to lead this effort.
The Secretary-General thanked CEB members for their strong commitment to ensuring coordinated system-wide response. With regard to Mali, the Secretary-General had, in a telephone conversation earlier in the day, assured the President of full mobilization of the UN system. In addition to dispatching Dr. Chan and Dr. Sidibé, the Secretary-General had designated the WHO Country Director as the temporary representative in Mali, pending the establishment as soon as possible of an UNMEER mission there. The President was appreciative of these efforts which he considered were in a right direction. The Secretary-General concluded the session by underlining the reaffirmed unity of purpose and collective determination, adding that at the press encounter he would convey this as the session’s key outcome.
In the ensuing discussion, CEB members noted the challenges of monitoring a universal and transformative development agenda which was expected to extend, inter alia, into areas of trade, taxation, and technology transfer. The UN system organizations needed to engage with their respective governing bodies to broaden awareness of the scope of the agenda and to promote the need for a holistic rather than sectoral approach. The Regional Commissions had an important role to play in this regard as bridge between the national and global levels and as conveners on multi-sectoral issues.
Multi-stakeholder ownership of the agenda was a key component of effective accountability. Accountability mechanisms needed to be inclusive and include all three branches of government as well as non-state actors. The importance of community driven accountability, including community generated data, was noted in this context. The UN system itself needed to be part of the post-2015 accountability framework and played an important role in upholding global norms and standards. CEB members pointed to a variety of initiatives that effectively integrated monitoring and accountability mechanisms, including the Education for All initiative and the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
In closing, Ms. Barcena thanked CEB members for their contributions to the discussion which demonstrated the UN system’s commitment to supporting Member States in the formulation and implementation of an effective post-2015 monitoring and review framework.
The UN Secretary-General noted that the group will discuss the actions proposed by the UNDG on the following day, and will incorporate the very useful thoughts on “fit for purpose” coming out of the HLCP, HLCM and UNDG discussions.
The Board took note of progress and endorsed the report of the UNDG meeting held on 11 July 2014.