During 2010/11, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) intensified its efforts to align the strengths and expertise of its member organizations to respond to the mandates of Member States in a coordinated and effective manner. The adoption by the General Assembly of its resolution 64/289 has been an important directive for the United Nations system in further strengthening the coherence of its system-wide efforts, as detailed in the present report. The CEB secretariat and the Development Operations Coordination Office, which provide secretariat support for the work of CEB and its three pillars — the High-level Committee on Programmes, the High-level Committee on Management and the United Nations Development Group — have worked jointly to enhance the quality and quantity of information in the official reports of the CEB bodies and on the corporate websites (www.unsceb.org and www.undg.org). The Secretary of CEB has also sought opportunities following each biannual session of CEB to brief and engage in regular dialogue with Member States. The present report responds to the request of the General Assembly in its resolution 64/289 to “include appropriate information on the work of CEB in its annual overview report to the Economic and Social Council, which is also studied by the Committee for Programme and Coordination, in order to promote more effective dialogue”. 

In addition to its efforts to enhance transparency and accountability, CEB has sought to deepen the understanding of global issues, including their interlinkages, and to further knowledge-sharing among its members. In response to intergovernmental mandates, it has also strived to achieve an inclusive, purposeful mobilization of resources and capacities available to the United Nations system at the global, regional and national levels. CEB remains committed to continuing such efforts.

CEB sets its priorities in accordance with intergovernmental decisions requiring a coordinated system-wide response. During the reporting period, the Secretary-General and CEB members welcomed the Outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals. CEB has taken measures, through an integration implementation framework and through the Millennium Development Goals acceleration framework, to enhance accountability and support country efforts in meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. Those measures, and efforts to address some of the bottlenecks in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the internationally agreed development goals are described in section II of the present report. CEB has also issued a statement of support (see annex) to the fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, underlining the priority that the organizations of the United Nations system assign to a strong outcome. CEB has indicated its commitment to an effective system-wide response in contributing to ensuring the full implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the outcome of the Conference at the national, regional and global levels.

A number of issues before CEB, such as meeting the challenge of climate change, preparing for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women, call for integrated efforts by the three CEB pillars. CEB has sought to strengthen such approaches among the High-level Committee on Management, the United Nations Development Group and the High-level Committee on Programmes. The high-level committees have focused attention on promoting and facilitating greater synergy in the policies and programmes of the organizations of the United Nations system in order to enhance the overall impact of support to countries to meet the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and international agreements. In addition, they have continued to promote coherent and effective oversight and guidance with regard to country-level operations, drawing as necessary on inter-agency networks and task forces to strengthen linkages between the normative and operational work of the system.

During the reporting period, CEB activities included giving paramount consideration to the safety and security of United Nations system personnel while ensuring that security risk management enables programme delivery, as well as harmonized business practices in information and communications technology, procurement, human resources and financial management. CEB also continued to strengthen its support for the implementation of the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system and to focus system efforts towards initiatives for developing countries. In support of operational activities for development, the findings emerging from country-led evaluations of the “Delivering as One” pilot countries recognized that effective coordination was often more advanced among funds, programmes and specialized agencies. The work of the United Nations system under that agenda has been and will continue to be undertaken under the guidance of Member States. To that end, a report of the independent evaluation of the “Delivering as One” concept is expected to be presented during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.

The establishment by the General Assembly of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) prompted renewed awareness of the critical contribution made by women and girls to peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. CEB welcomed UN-Women as its newest member during the reporting period and extended its full support to Michelle Bachelet, its first Executive Director. It also welcomed Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; and Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.