3 Dec 2013 - 4 Dec 2013
Rooms S-1522 and S-1523, UNHQ
Background papers/Special studies
Expert Group Meeting Adapting UN system to better support sustainable development
The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) forcefully called for the UN system to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development throughout its work with the ultimate purpose of better supporting Member States to pursue inclusive and coherent policy approaches conducive to sustainable development.
The first report of the Secretary-General on “Mainstreaming the three dimensions of sustainable development throughout the UN system” issued last April confirmed previous analysis that UN entities often take an issues based and/or ad hoc approach to mainstreaming and to enhancing sustainability. This reflects a varied understanding of the purpose and benefits of such undertakings as well as the specialized nature of the entities of the UN system. A process that ensures a more homogeneous integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development throughout the UN system is central to Rio+20 follow up.