World Summit Follow-up

On these pages, ieg-dossier will report on issues related to: Informal Consultative Process on the Environment; and the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on System-Wide Coherence. 

General Assembly Reform Processes Update
New York, 5 October 2006
In a letter from the President of General Assembly to Permanent Mission, the President outlined the next steps in the process of UN reform and included a proposal for an informal thematic debate on development during the main part of the Sixty-first Session.

Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence

In February 2006, the UN Secretary-General formally established the 15-member High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence in the Fields of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment, which is co-chaired by Luisa Dias Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique; Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway; and Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to the Secretary-General, the overarching aim of the Panel's work is to seek recommendations on a process of rationalisation that will maximise the available resources for relief and development programmes in the UN system, while minimising overhead and administrative costs. While the Panel's primary focus will be on increasing the UN’s impact at the country level and making concrete proposals for improved management, coordination and effectiveness, it will also examine findings with regards to work at both regional and country-level. The Panel complements other major reform initiatives currently under way in the UN, including the proposal for comprehensive management reform, the mandate review, consultations on international environmental governance and reform of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

On Thursday 9 November 2006, the Secretary General’s High Level Panel on System-wide Coherence presented its Report and recommendations for increasing coherence on environment, development, and humanitarian assistance in the UN system.

Delivering as One, Report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (advance unedited version)

Executive Summary

Remarks of the Secretary-General

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg: Launch of "Delivering as One" report to UN General Assembly UN building, New York City 9 November 2006

Webcast of the Informal dialogue

Press Conference

Webcast of the Informal briefing for NGOs on the Report of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence

Press Conference on Women’s Response to the High-Level Panel’s Recommendations

Stakeholder Forum Viewpoint, BBC News

BBC News Coverage

High Level Panel on System Wide Coherence Consultations with Civil Society on Sustainable Development

Informal Consultative Process on the Environment

The World Summit 2005 identified a number of issues that need to be addressed for the implementation of more efficient environmental activities in the United Nations system, including: enhanced coordination; improved policy advice and guidance; strengthened scientific knowledge, assessment and cooperation; better treaty compliance, while respecting the legal autonomy of the treaties; and better integration of environmental activities in the broader sustainable development framework at the operational level, including through capacity-building. Based on these issues, the Summit agreed to “explore the possibility of a more coherent institutional framework to address this need, including a more integrated structure, building on existing institutions and internationally agreed instruments, as well as the treaty bodies and the specialized agencies.” As part of the follow-up to the Summit Outcome Document, Ambassador's Enrique Berruga of Mexico and Peter Maurer of Switzerland were appointed to co-chair informal consultations of the General Assembly on international environmental governance. Following a first round of informal exchanges among Member States, the Co-Chairs produced a text outlining the key issues identified in the discussion. The Co-Chair’s Text  provides an overview of the key issues and proposals made by delegations during the 4-5 sessions held as part of the General Assembly’s follow-up process to the World Summit Outcome Document. The General Assembly is expected to announce follow-up consultations during its 61st Session in 2006.

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