Press Releases

    ECOSOC/6147
    12 April 2005

    UN Chief Executives Meet in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland

    Participants Express Strong Support for Report of Secretary-General “In Larger Freedom”

    (Reissued as received.)

    GENEVA, 11 April (UN Information Service) -- The Executive Heads of the specialized agencies, Funds and Programmes comprising the Chief Executives Board* (CEB) held their spring 2005 session at Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland, under the chairmanship of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

    Their agenda included the preparations for the summit of world leaders, scheduled for September 2005 in New York, to carry out a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration; the United Nations system’s collaboration in the area of conflict prevention; its support for Africa’s development; and the reform agenda for the United Nations and organizations of the system.

    The Executive Heads expressed strong support for the report of the Secretary-General “In larger freedom:  towards development, security and human rights for all”.  In particular, they noted the importance of the multiple linkages between development, security and human rights, and they supported the balanced approach and leadership of the Secretary-General.  They underscored the importance of the successful outcome of the summit.  Representing the key organizations of the United Nations system, the Executive Heads emphasized the need for bold change across the full range of issues in the report.

    The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios Mitropoulos, presented a check of $162,000 to the UN Secretary-General for the tsumani victims.

    The next session of CEB will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 and 29 October this year.

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    * The United Nations; International Labour Organization; Food and Agriculture Organization; United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization; International Civil Aviation Organization; World Health Organization; World Bank; International Monetary Fund; Universal Postal Union; International Telecommunications Union; World Meteorological Organization; International Maritime Organization; World Intellectual Property Organization; International Fund for Agricultural Development; International Atomic Energy Agency; World Trade Organization; United Nations World Tourism Organization; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; United Nations Development Programme; United Nations Environment Programme; United Nations High Commission for Refugees; United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East; United Nations Children's Fund; United Nations Population Fund; World Food Programme; and United Nations International Drug Control Programme.