During the reporting period, the United Nations system has intensified its work on climate change through the CEB Climate Change Action Framework, which was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in 2007. The efforts of the United Nations system leading up to the Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009 demonstrated how organizations of the United Nations system are aligning their diverse areas of expertise and capacity to assist countries in adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. CEB issued a statement of purpose, together with a policy brief, conveying the message of the system’s responsiveness to Member States’ priority action on adaptation. Side events demonstrating the multisectoral approach of United Nations system organizations to address climate change, along with initiatives for global action, all demonstrated that the United Nations system, led by CEB, is increasingly delivering as one on this issue.

CEB confirmed at its session in April 2010 that it would continue its efforts on climate change, including through the High-level Committee on Programmes Working Group on Climate Change and the United Nations Development Group Task Team, and support the international community in implementing international agreements. The interconnectedness between addressing the impact of climate change and achieving the Millennium Development Goals is clear. Achieving the Goals will also contribute to strengthening the capacities needed to tackle climate change. CEB will pursue opportunities to contribute to the processes leading up to the sixteenth Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, as well as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. It will also seek to provide the necessary input of technical expertise to the Secretary-General’s newly established High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing as well as the High-level Panel under the Copenhagen Accord.

In parallel with providing the needed input to the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations, the work of the United Nations system to jointly address climate change continues with implementation of joint operational activities at the regional and country levels. During the reporting period, three guidance notes were sent to United Nations country teams as part of the effort to ensure an effective response to assist Member States in preparing and implementing coherent and balanced development policies to confront climate change and related issues of disasters and environmental degradation as part of economic growth and poverty eradication. The notes focus on how to incorporate actions that address risks and opportunities related to climate change, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction into their country analysis and the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks.