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PRESIDENT of the 64th Session
United Nations General Assembly

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System Wide Coherence

In February 2006, based on paragraph 169 of the World Summit Outcome Document, the Secretary-General established a High Level Panel on UN System-wide coherence in order to further strengthen the management and coordination of United Nations operational activities to enable more effective contribution to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The principal challenge for this work was identified as being in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment, while taking into account the cross-cutting areas of gender equality, sustainable development and human rights.

The Panel, co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mozambique and Norway submitted its report, “Delivering as one” (A/61/583) 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 the report of the Secretary-General led by the Permanent Representatives of Ireland and Tanzania appointed by the President of the 62nd session of the General Assembly as Co-Chairs.

On 2 October 2009, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on System-wide coherence (A/RES/63/311) which took up five key areas of concern:  strengthening the institutional arrangements for support of gender equality and women’s empowerment; strengthening governance of operational activities for development of the United Nations system; improving the funding system of operational activities for development of the United Nations system; “delivering as one”; and harmonization of business practices.

On 25 November 2009, the President of the General Assembly appointed Her Excellency Mrs. Tiina Intelmann, Permanent Representative of Estonia, and His. Excellency Mr. Ghazi Jomaa, Permanent Representative of Tunisia, as Co-Facilitators to continue the consultative process on the System-wide Coherence in the course of the 64th session.