The SPU held brainstorming sessions in the EOSG in the spring and early summer of 2001.
However, the proposals gained no traction with the senior leadership in the EOSG.
The Secretary-General's Lecture Series and EOSG Colloquia In 2002, as part of the strategic planning process, Annan decided to start a series of public lectures on cutting-edge topics in both the humanities and natural sciences for the staff of the permanent missions to the UN, staff members, and NGOs affiliated with the UN.
In April 2002, the Secretary-General approved an SPU initiative to hold a colloquia series for the EOSG and related staff.
The main determinants of successful strategic planning in the EOSG were access to the Secretary-General and the policymaking machinery; the skill of the planning staff; and the degree of independence of the planners.