2008/8
Overview of decisions adopted by the Executive Board at its first regular session 2008

The Executive Board


Recalls that during its first regular session 2008, it:

Item 1

Elected the following members of the Bureau for 2008:

President: H.E. Mr. Jean-Marie Ehouzou (Benin)
Vice-President Mr. Mahmudul Karim (Bangladesh)
Vice-President Mr. Gustavo Endara (Ecuador)
Vice-President H.E. Mr. Peter Burian (Slovakia)
Vice-President Mr. Thomas Gass (Switzerland)

Adopted the agenda and work plan for its first regular session 2008 (DP/2008/L.1);

Adopted the report of the second regular session 2007 (DP/2008/1) and its corrigendum (DP/2008/1/Corr.1);

Adopted the annual work plan for 2008 (DP/2008/CRP.1);

Approved the tentative work plan for the annual session 2008;

Agreed to the following schedule for the remaining sessions of the Executive Board in 2008:

Annual session 2008: 16 to 27 June 2008
Second regular session 2008: 8 to 12 September 2008

UNDP segment

Item 2
Financial, budgetary and administrative matters

Adopted decision 2008/1 on the UNDP biennial support budget, 2008-2009, including additional security measures for UNDP personnel and premises;

Adopted decision 2008/2 on the UNIFEM biennial support budget, 2008-2009, and resources mobilization framework;

Item 3
Country programmes and related matters

Approved the following country programme documents:

Africa: Regional programme, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Togo;
Arab States:Kuwait and Somalia;
Asia and the Pacific: Regional programme, multi-country programmes for Fiji and Samoa, and Nepal;
Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional programme, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua;

Item 4
Evaluation

Took note of the following reports:

Evaluation of results-based management in UNDP (DP/2008/6);

Management response to the evaluation of results-based management in UNDP (DP/2008/7);

Evaluation of the UNDP contribution to South-South cooperation (DP/2008/8);

Management response to the evaluation of the UNDP contribution to South-South cooperation (DP/2008/9);

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South-South cooperation

Approved the extension of the third cooperation framework for South-South cooperation (DP/2008/10);

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United Nations Development Fund for Women

Adopted decision 2008/3 on the UNIFEM cost-recovery policy;

Item 7
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Adopted decision 2008/4 on the UNCDF partnership framework with UNDP, programming and funding arrangements, and cost-recovery policy;

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United Nations Office for Project Services

Adopted decision 2008/5 on the UNOPS biennial planning and budget framework;

Joint UNDP/UNFPA segment

Item 9
Recommendations of the Board of Auditors

Took note of the UNDP report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Board of Auditors, 2004-2005 (DP/2008/15);

Took note of the UNFPA report on follow-up to the report of the United Nations Board of Auditors for 2004-2005: status of implementation of recommendations (DP/FPA/2008/3);

Item 10
Internal audit and oversight

Adopted an oral decision on the reports on the UNDP accountability system and the UNFPA oversight policy, as follows: “Having considered the reports (DP/2008/16) and (DP/FPA/2008/4) and the efforts of UNDP and UNFPA to improve accountability and oversight, the Executive Board requests the administrator of UNDP and the Executive Director of UNFPA to revert on this matter to the Executive Board at its second regular session 2008, after extensive consultations with the Executive Board to review these documents, taking into account the concerns of Member States”.

Item 11
Report to the Economic and Social Council

Adopted decision 2008/7 on the joint report of UNDP and UNFPA to the Economic and Social Council and on the recommendation regarding the appointment of the Executive Director of UNFPA;

UNFPA segment

Item 12
Financial, budgetary and administrative matters

Adopted decision 2008/6 on the estimates for the UNFPA biennial support budget, 2008-2009;

Item 13
Country programmes and related matters

Approved the following country programme documents:

Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Togo;
Arab States, Europe and Central Asia: Somalia;
Asia and the Pacific: Nepal and the Pacific Island countries;
Latin America and the Caribbean: Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua;

Item 14
Programming arrangements

Took note of the report on TRAC-2 allocation, methodology and criteria for establishing fixed lines in the programming arrangements;

Joint meeting

Held a joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP on 25 and 28 January 2008, which addressed the following topics: (a) progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals; (b) feedback from ‘delivering as one’; and (c) disaster risk reduction strategies.