System Wide Coherence

In February 2006, based on paragraph 169 of the World Summit Outcome Document, the Secretary-General created a High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. The 15-member panel, co-chaired by the prime ministers of Pakistan, Mozambique, and Norway, carried out a study of the UN’s operational activities and assessed how to strengthen UN system works, its comparative advantages, and reduce areas of overlap between UN agencies.

The Panel submitted its report, “Delivering as one” to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in November 2006. The report included extensive recommendations to consolidate and improve the effectiveness of United Nations operations. In April 2007, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, issued his response to the Panel’s findings. The General Assembly held consultations on the recommendations contained in the Report of the High Level Panel and the Secretary-General's report.

On 15 September 2008, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on System-wide Coherence (A/RES/62/277) following a series of informal consultations held in 2007 and 2008 on the recommendations of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence contained in the Panel's report (A/61/583) lead by the Permanent Representatives of Ireland and Tanzania appointed by the President of the 62nd session of the General Assembly as Co-Chairs.

On 20 February 2009, the President of the General Assembly appointed H. E. Mr. Kaire Munionganda Mbuende, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia, and H. E. Mr. Juan Antonio Yañez-Barnuevo, Permanent Representative of Spain, as Co-chairs of the consultative process on the System-wide Coherence in the course of the 63rd session.

LETTERS BY CO-CHAIRS

LETTERS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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STATEMENTS

FIRST MEETING OF THE INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS (13 MARCH)