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Policy Coordination Branch (PCB)

Main functions:

The Branch is active in two main areas of work.

Economic and Social Council:

Over the past 20 year the UN held a series of major UN conferences and summits. The Branch provides assistance to the Council in ensuring an integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to these conferences and summits;

  • ECOSOC coordinates the activities of the UN in the area of economic, social and environmental development. With its broad mandate the Council's purview extends to over 70 per cent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system;
  • Over the last years, a number of reforms have been implemented to strengthen ECOSOC, including the holding of an Annual Minister Review and National Voluntary Presentations. The branch has led the implementation of these reforms and will be responsible for extracting the lessons learnt from past processes so that they can be retained in the Post-2015 development framework;
  • The branch is tasked with deepening the linkages between the AMR, HLPF and DCF as key ECOSOC dialogue, monitoring and accountability platforms;
  • The branch is responsible for implementing Development Account and projects to build capacity in developing countries to review progress in implementing the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. This is accomplished through national workshops, regional consultations, NVP website, and expert group meetings;

General Assembly:

  • The Branch focuses on the follow-up to the UN Development Agenda, in particular through the renewal of the dialogue on strengthening international cooperation for development through partnership among developing and developed countries, the multilateral system and other stakeholders;
  • PCB coordinates Secretariat inputs and provides substantive support to the GA Second Committee. It supports the Bureau of the Committee in injecting independent expert knowledge and information into discussions by convening Special Events and joint meetings with ECOSOC and other bodies;
  • Through its analytical work on “globalization and interdependence” the Branch is advancing the debate on how to ensure a more equitable sharing of the benefits of globalization. Similarly, the Branch prepares analysis on human resources development to inform discussions on this topic;
  • The Branch also supports efforts to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the work of the General   Assembly by providing input on the revitalization of the work of the GA Economic and Finance Committee.