The present report provides an overview of inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2014.
It 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 intergovernmental mandates. It also provides information on efforts to enhance coherence and coordination on system-wide preparation and follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits.
In 2014, CEB continued its efforts to accelerate the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and coordinated system-wide support in the preparation of the post-2015 development agenda. Through its High-level Committee on Programmes, the Board contributed to the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 and the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Seeking to increase the effectiveness and impact of operational activities of the United Nations system, CEB, through the United Nations Development Group, accorded priority to the coherent implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations throughout the system.
With regard to administrative and management issues of system-wide concern, CEB, through its High-level Committee on Management, focused on common procurement practices, modernizing human resources management and improving business practices. The report also highlights coordination activities between CEB and other jointly financed bodies.
Throughout 2014, CEB responded to calls by the General Assembly for system-wide coordination in the follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits, including the Millennium Summit and the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, as well as in the preparation of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, and the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
In 2014, CEB pursued a number of initiatives for advancing policy coherence and programmatic coordination, in particular in the areas of youth employment, cybercrime and cybersecurity, and climate change. Those system-wide activities were carried out in response to intergovernmental mandates, including General Assembly resolutions 68/130, 68/243, 68/212.
Coherent implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of United Nations operational activities continued to be of highest priority to the United Nations Development Group. As called for in General Assembly resolution 67/226, the United Nations Development Group has systematically increased its focus on South-South and triangular cooperation.
The High-level Committee on Management strategic plan for 2013-2016 identifies harmonization and simplification of business practices as a core activity. In this context, the plan focuses on common and shared services, including improved common procurement practices, and other initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations system.
Since the adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in 2006 by the United Nations system through High-level Committee on Management (CEB/2006/3), twenty-one organizations across the United Nations system have completed IPSAS implementation successfully and obtained unqualified audit opinions on their first and subsequent IPSAS-compliant financial statements.
Continuing the direct and substantive dialogue between CEB and Member States, as called for by General Assembly resolutions 64/289 and 69/17, to enhance and strengthen the Board’s transparency and accountability, remained a priority in 2014. Three formal briefings on the work of CEB by the CEB Secretariat to the Economic and Social Council were held in June, July and December 2014.
CEB and the Joint Inspection Unit continued to collaborate, particularly during the preparation of reports by the Joint Inspection Unit with a system-wide focus. During 2014, consultations between the Joint Inspection Unit and the CEB took place on a regular basis. For example during the drafting of the JIU report on a "System-wide review of results-based management - phase II" the CEB Secretariat shared all the documentation, training material and tools produced by the Results-Based Management Community of Practice of the High-Level Committee on Management.
Throughout 2014, under the leadership of the Secretary-General as Chair of CEB, the Board contributed to efforts by the UN system to enhance coordination and coherence across a range of programmatic, management and operational issues in support of inter-governmental mandates and priorities.