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On behalf of the European Union, Gerhard Walter Henze said that the EU confirms its commitment to make substantial increases in its contribution to population programmes.The EU believes that ECOSOC should act as the principal monitoring mechanism. The mandate and the functioning of the Population Commission should be reviewed and adjusted to respond to the broader scope and integrated approach of the Cairo Programme of Action. There should be greater cooperation between the UN Population Fund and the Population Division of the UN Secretariat. The EU does not, however, see the need to establish a separate Executive Board for UNFPA. The EU also stressed the need to seek an appropriate consolidated reporting system for the follow-up of all UN conferences in related fields.