High Level Committee on Programmes

The High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) is the principle mechanism for system-wide coordination in the programme area in the UN system. It is responsible to CEB for fostering coherence, cooperation and coordination on the programme dimensions of strategic issues for the UN System.



HLCP serves two main functions – as reflected in its Terms of Reference:



1) System-wide follow-up of intergovernmental decisions and major UN conferences and summits in order to maximize their impact in conjunction with the strategic approaches and objectives adopted by the CEB.



2) Scanning and identification of emerging programme issues requiring a system-wide response in order to elaborate common strategies, policies and tools, serve as a forum for inter-agency dialogue and prepare for CEB sessions on issues of global significance.



The Chair of HLCP is Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Vice-Chair is Mr. Elliot Harris, Special Representative to the UN of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). HLCP is composed of senior representatives of CEB member organizations designated for this purpose by their Executive Heads.



The UNEP NYO provides substantive support to UNEP’s Executive Director as chair of HLCP, and represents UNEP at meetings of HLCP, working to ensure effective inter-agency coordination in the field of the environment.



System-wide policy issues recently addressed by HLCP have included: Preparations for Rio+20 and beyond (including inter-action with the SG’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability); CEB’s Climate Change Initiative; responses to the financial and economic crisis (CEB’s Joint Crisis Initiatives) and ‘moving towards a fairer, greener, sustainable globalization’; the Millennium Development Goals; disaster risk reduction; the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries; Universal Access to Energy; Biodiversity; and Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality.