The origins of the CEB date back to 1946 when the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) was established, pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 13 (III), as a standing committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to:

  • Supervise the implementation of the agreements between the United Nations and the specialized agencies;
  • Ensure coordination of the programmes approved by the governing bodies of the various organizations of the United Nations system; and
  • Promote cooperation within the system in the pursuit of the common goals of Member States.

The ACC met biannually to discuss programmes and proposals of a general or system-wide nature, which necessitated prior consultation with the agencies concerned and their subsequent cooperation in follow-up and implementation.  All members of the ACC undertook necessary consultations before launching any operations which required contributions by several members of the ACC.  The executive heads of the agencies also conveyed to their deliberative organs major initiatives with the United Nations system of particular relevance to their organizations or in which their organizations were expected to participate.

Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions (CCPOQ)

Interagency coordination on substantive questions related to operational and programmatic issues was carried out by the Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions. CCPOQ was formed by the fusion of CCSQ (OPS) and relevant functions of CCSQ (PROG).

The CCPOQ coordinated the follow-up, within the system, to major UN conferences and summits, common approaches at the field level, including the overall functioning of the Resident Coordinator System and enhanced system-wide collaboration in the development and application of common programming instruments.

Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development (IACSD)

The Interagency Committee on Sustainable Development was established by the ACC following the Earth Summit (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio in 1992. The IACSD’s mandate is to identify major policy issues and follow-up to the Earth Summit to ensure effective co-operation and coordination of the UN system in the implementation of Agenda 21.

The following organs reporting through the IACSD were:

Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality (IACWGE)

The mandate of the Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality provided for coordination and follow-up to the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women and of gender-related recommendations emanating from other UN conferences and summits.  The Committee also facilitated and monitored the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the work of the system.

Since January 2002, inter-agency coordination in the field of women and gender equality is carried out by the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. 

Organizational Committee

The Organizational Committee’s mandate was to ensure the most effective organization of the work of ACC and its subsidiary bodies. The Committee monitored developments and trends in the international environment for critical issues that required coordinated and complementary responses by the UN system.

Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (CCAQ)

The Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions advised the ACC on policy issues relating to the management and administration of the organizations of the UN system.  The work of the Committee was carried out by two components:

  • the Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (Personnel and General Administrative Questions); and
  • the Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (Financial and Budgetary Questions).

Since January 2002, inter-agency coordination is carried out by the High-Level Committee on Management and its networks.