Under the leadership of the secretary-general of the United Nations, the United Nations system chief executives board for coordination (CEB) has initiated a process of aligning its strengths to achieve a coordinated action-oriented approach to climate change.

The objective is to support implementation of existing mandates related to climate change and build on the experience gained in doing so to support the process for a global agreement for the post-2012 period within the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).

The UN is determined to support in a coordinated way the efforts of member states at national, regional and global levels in tackling the multifaceted challenge presented by climate change, now, up to and beyond 2012. to achieve this, the united nations system is bringing to bear, in a way perhaps never achieved before, the collective strengths of all its entities as an integral part of the international community’s response to that challenge.

The first stage of this wide ranging initiative was presented at the 2007 united nations climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia — the 13th conference of the parties to the UNFCCC (cop 13) and 3rd conference of the parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the Kyoto protocol (cmp 3) — in December 2007, which adopted the Bali road map.

The further development of the CEB initiative aims at consolidating the delivery of results, through coordinated collaborative and individual activities of un system entities, in response to existing intergovernmental mandates and in support of the negotiations initiated in Bali.

This publication provides a report on progress in the ongoing second stage of the CEB initiative, as well as a contribution to the 2008 united nations climate change conference — cop 14 and cmp 4 — in Poznan, Poland in December 2008. the un systems’ efforts will be intensified on the way to the 2009 united nations climate change conference — cop 15 and cmp 5 — at the end of 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The United Nations system, with its established structures, coordination arrangements and collective expertise, remains at the disposal of the parties in implementing existing agreements, as well as future ones.