High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence

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Secretary-General announces formation of new High-level panel on UN System-wide Coherence in areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Environment

The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General today announced the formation of a new, high-level panel to explore how the United Nations system could work more coherently and effectively across the world in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment.

The study, which was called for in the Outcome Document adopted by global leaders at the 2005 World Summit in New York, is intended to lay the groundwork for a fundamental restructuring of the United Nations operational work, complementing other major reform initiatives currently under way at the United Nations, including the creation of a new Peacebuilding Commission, negotiations over the establishment of a new Human Rights Council and a proposal for comprehensive management reform that will shortly be unveiled by the Secretary-General.

The 15 member panel comprises:

Shaukat Aziz (Co-Chair)
Prime Minister, Pakistan
Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom. Chancellor of the Exchequer
Luísa Dias Diogo (Co-Chair)
Prime Minister, Mozambique
Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Egypt
Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation Former Chairman and CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Robert Greenhill
President of the Canadian International Development Agency, Deputy Minister, International Cooperation, Canada
Ruth Jacoby
Director-General for Development Cooperation,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Ricardo Lagos Escobar
Former President of the Republic of Chile
Louis Michel, Belgium
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
Benjamin W. Mkapa
Former President, United Republic of Tanzania
Jean-Michel Severino, France
Director General, French Development Agency
Former Vice President of the World Bank East Asia and the Pacific
Josette S. Shiner
Under-Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of State
Jens Stoltenberg, (Co-Chair)
Prime Minister, Norway
Keizo Takemi
Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Japan


Ex Officio Members

Kemal Derviş
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Former Turkish Finance Minister
Lennart Båge
President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Delivering as One
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The Outcome Document calls on the Secretary-General to commission work on how to improve United Nations system-wide coherence across the various development and humanitarian-related agencies. Responding to that call, this study will examine a range of options on how best to strengthen the coordination of United Nations operational activities world-wide, including, as requested by Member States, the possibility of creating more tightly managed United Nations entities in the fields of the environment, humanitarian assistance and development. The Secretary-General strongly believes that a fundamental review of these activities is central to the long-term success of the overall United Nations reform process and critical if the United Nations system is to be able to play its role in supporting Member States to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The panel is expected to complete its work by the summer, to allow for formal presentation of its recommendations to the next session of the United Nations General Assembly and possible implementation in 2007. The work of the Panel will be supported by a small secretariat based in New York.

Members of the High-Level Panel

Gordon Brown, UK Luísa Dias Diogo (Mozambique)
Prime Ministers Aziz, Stoltenberg and Diogo with the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown and other panel members in Oslo, August 31, 2006

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