Terms of Reference for the High-Level Committee on Programmes

The High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) will foster coherence, cooperation and coordination on programme dimensions of strategic issues for the UN system. 

HLCP will develop and align its programme of work with that of the other pillar of CEB, the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM), to ensure proper sequencing of issues.  Such alignment aims to maximize complementarities and synergy of work of the CEB structures in support of greater system-wide coherence in realizing intergovernmental mandates.
The HLCP Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will be appointed by CEB to serve two-year teams.   HLCP, composed of senior staff authorized by their executive heads to take decisions on their behalf, will meet twice a year in regular session, and will hold other meetings, including videoconferences, on an as-needed basis.

HLCP will serve two key functions, namely:

  • System-wide follow up of intergovernmental decisions.
  • Scanning and identification of emerging programme issues requiring a system-wide response.

HLCP will address intergovernmental decisions and outcomes of major conferences and summits that require system-wide follow-up, with a view to:

  • Identify policy issues of a strategic nature relevant for the UN system as a whole, develop guidance for coherent programme development and implementation, and monitor and track contributions by organizations and inter-agency mechanisms in these policy areas so as to maximize the impact in support of internationally agreed development goals, inter-governmentally agreed policies and strategic approaches and objectives adopted by CEB.
  • Foster and support the integrated and coordinated preparation of and follow-up to major United Nations conferences and summits. Special attention shall be paid to enhancing the capacity of the system and Member States to assess and measure progress in the pursuit of agreed international goals.
  • Design approaches and measures to enhance the capacity of the system and Member States to assess and measure progress towards agreed international goals.

HLCP will provide scanning and identification of emerging issues requiring a system-wide response, with a view to:

  • Elaborate common strategies, policies, methodologies and tools, including Results-Based Management, in response to emerging issues and challenges facing the United Nations system. 
  • Serve as a forum for inter-agency dialogue, consultations, coordination and knowledge-sharing regarding new programme initiatives and practices of system-wide concern.
  • Facilitate dialogue on relevant reform processes and their implications within the UN system, and identify and promote best practices.
  • Prepare for CEB sessions on ahead-of-the-curve issues of global significance.

In order to achieve the above, HLCP will:

  • Include, in its rolling three-year programme of work, cross-cutting and multi-sectoral issues giving special attention to policy areas for which no lead agency has been identified.
  • Develop innovative, timely and cost effective working arrangements including identifying policy themes and clusters, time-bound task forces and where required identifying lead/convening agencies.
  • Develop arrangements for monitoring and guiding the work of inter-agency bodies relevant to its work.
  • Foster dialogue and propose ways in which the collaboration and interaction with the private sector, semi-governmental and non-governmental organizations and other parts of civil society can be enhanced and contribute to the achievement of agreed system-wide goals.
  • Foster knowledge-sharing to enhance transparency, to develop consensus and to learn and apply proven successful practices and policies.

In the exercise of these functions, HLCP will operate within the framework of the constituent instruments of member organizations and the relationship agreements between the United Nations and the specialized agencies and Bretton Woods institutions.

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