CEB dedicated considerable effort to strengthening its relationship and improving cooperation with other inter-agency mechanisms of the United Nations system, such as the International Civil Service Commission, the representatives of internal audit services of the United Nations system and the Joint Inspection Unit. With regard to internal audit services, the High-Level Committee on Management approved the conceptual framework and modus operandi of a partnership arrangement with the representatives of internal audit services, recognizing the mutual benefit of working together to promote coherent, efficient and cost-effective oversight and management of the organizations of the United Nations system.

Responding to a call from the Committee for Programme and Coordination at its forty-seventh session for closer cooperation between the Board and the International Civil Service Commission, the High-Level Committee on Management also engaged in active consultations with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Commission. CEB was informed of the outcome of the ICSC review of its functioning and mechanisms. The Commission’s strategy and vision highlighted its commitment to change and to seeking new ways to form strategic partnerships with the organizations of the common United Nations system. The Board expressed appreciation for the ICSC outreach strategy and welcomed the initiative to strengthen the Commission’s relationship and improve its cooperation with CEB and United Nations system organizations.