On 18 November, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova participated in the fall session of the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which opened today in New York under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General.
At the outset of the meeting, the Director-General spoke about the deadly terrorist attacks that had struck in Paris on 13 November, representing an attack on all humanity and recalling the important role of the UN in standing united to counter violent extremism. She informed the Executive Heads about the visit of French President François Hollande yesterday at the UNESCO Leaders’ Forum, during which the President addressed the international community for the first time since the attacks, invoking the unity of all cultures, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Moving to the meeting’s regular agenda, the Director-General then presented the CEB with her report on the recent work of the High Level Committee on Management, along with a presentation by the Chairs of the High Level Committee on Programmes, Achim Steiner, and the UN Development Group, Helen Clark.
The CEB then had a detailed discussion on Climate Change, during which the Director-General briefed the CEB about UNESCO’s work on scientific cooperation and climate change education, and in preparation for COP-21.
At the afternoon session, participants engaged in a discussion on how the system can collectively support countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building inter alia on the lessons learnt from the recently concluded CEB MDG acceleration exercise.
Tomorrow, the Director-General will take part in the CEB retreat where the Principals will focus their discussions on the UN integration agenda, and how the UN system can enhance linkages between its development, humanitarian, peace, and security work.