19 March 2021, New York – The Philippines was elected by acclamation by the General Assembly today to serve as Member of the United Nations Committee for Programme and Coordination during the 57th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The term of office for the Philippines begins on the date of election until 31 December 2022.
The Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) is the main subsidiary organ of the ECOSOC and the General Assembly for planning, programming and coordination in the United Nations and is tasked to examine the totality of the Secretary General’s work programme, giving particular focus on programme changes arising from the decisions adopted by intergovernmental organs and conferences, or those that may be suggested by the Secretary General.
According to Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, “the election of the Philippines will allow the country to contribute to the negotiations that are geared towards examining, in light of its budgetary implications, the totality of the Secretary-General’s work programme.”
“Together with the other CPC members, the Philippines would have the opportunity to provide its suggestions to the ECOSOC, the Secretariat, and the General Assembly on what specific improvements in the Secretary General’s work programme and activities could be made and how these can be translated into tangible actions,” Permanent Representative Manalo added.
The CPC assists the ECOSOC in the performance of its coordination functions within the UN system by coordinating the activities and programmes of its agencies in order to enable the Council to effectively perform its functions as coordinator and ensure that the work programmes of the organization and its agencies are compatible and mutually complementary.
There are currently thirty-four (34) Member States represented in the Committee. There are six (6) observer States, viz, Australia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Kenya, Morocco and Syrian Arab Republic. EU is also represented as an observer.
The Philippines will begin its work at the CPC on its 61st Session tentatively scheduled from 1 to 25 June 2021. - END