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E/2014/69

Date published

05/05/2013

Last updated

15/06/2016

The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2012.

The report highlights the key activities of CEB in fostering a coherent approach on policy, operational, and management matters to enhance United Nations system-wide coordination in support of the coordinating role of intergovernmental bodies. The report provides information on efforts to enhance coherence and coordination on system-wide preparation and follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits, operational activities of the United Nations system and administrative and management issues of system-wide concern. The report also highlights coordination activities between CEB and other jointly financed bodies.

Introduction

Pursuant to resolution 2008 (LX) of the Economic and Social Council, the present report provides an overview of the annual work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). It also responds to the request by the General Assembly, in paragraph 4 (b) of its resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence, to include appropriate information on the work of the Board in its annual overview report to the Economic and Social Council, which is also studied by the Committee for Programme and Coordination, in order to promote more effective dialogue.

Coordination between the Chief Executives Board and other jointly financed bodies

Member States have consistently called for continuous cooperation among the jointly financed bodies (see General Assembly resolutions 64/262 and 65/270 and the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination (A/66/16)), and in 2012 the Board and its secretariat have responded in substantial ways through contributions to the processes of both the International Civil Service Commission and the Joint Inspection Unit.

Conclusions

In 2012, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, has made further progress in taking effective and coordinated action on a wide range of programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates to ensure that the United Nations system collaborates closely and effectively on issues of system-wide concern.

Improving transparency and accountability

The General Assembly, most recently in its resolution 67/236, called upon CEB to increase its transparency and accountability to Member States, and the Board has responded in a variety of ways to this mandate. Interactions and dialogue between the CEB secretariat and Member States was carried out through formal presentations and informal briefings on the work of the Board by its Secretary to the Committee for Programme and Coordination and the Economic and Social Council.