Pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2008 (LX), the present report provides an overview of the annual work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). It also responds to the request by the General Assembly, in paragraph 4 (b) of its resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence, to include appropriate information on the work of the Board 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. The present report covers the year 2013.

In response to General Assembly resolution 68/20, in which the Assembly endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the work of its fifty-third session (A/68/16, chap. II.B), the annual overview report highlights major activities carried out under the aegis of CEB to enhance United Nations system-wide coherence and coordination in support of and in conformity with intergovernmental mandates.

In resolution 68/20, in endorsing the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee for Programme and Coordination, the General Assembly emphasized the role of CEB in fostering policy coherence and coordination in the United Nations system to promote effective action in support of national priorities and in accordance with intergovernmental mandates. The Assembly welcomed in particular the efforts of CEB to contribute to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and noted the need for coordinated United Nations system-wide support in the preparation and follow-up of the post-2015 development agenda. The Board’s work in support of a harmonization and simplification of business practices was recognized in the light of their potential for increasing efficiencies and reducing administrative and procedural burdens. In this context, the need to facilitate opportunities for developing countries and countries in transition in the procurement process in accordance with existing rules and regulations was stressed. Member States placed great importance on the transparency and accountability of CEB and encouraged the Board to continue to improve its dialogue with Member States.

The challenges facing the international community continue to grow in complexity and diversity, and will shortly take on new dimensions as the Millennium Development Goals reach their conclusion in the coming year. To support the efforts of Member States to meet these challenges, CEB brings to bear a coordinated approach to the broad range of expertise that exists across the United Nations system.

CEB also sought to improve transparency and accountability by launching a new CEB website (www.unsceb.org) and engaging in formal and informal exchanges and dialogues with Member States throughout the year. The Board also continued to coordinate with other jointly financed bodies, in particular the International Civil Service Commission and the Joint Inspection Unit.

In 2013, CEB welcomed the following new members: Li Yong, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Mukhisa Kituyi, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, World Trade Organization.