Pursuant to resolution 2008 (LX) of the Economic and Social Council, 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 report covers the year 2012, aligning the practice of CEB with that of the Joint Inspection Unit and the International Civil Service Commission in covering its work during the course of the previous calendar year.

In response to General Assembly resolution 67/236, 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-second session (A/67/16), 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 67/236, the General Assembly also stressed the importance of dialogue and interaction between the secretariat of CEB and Member States. Throughout the year, exchanges with Member States have been promoted through formal and informal briefings by the Secretary of CEB to the Economic and Social Council and the Committee for Programme and Coordination as well as informational briefings to Member States by the leadership of the CEB subsidiary bodies on progress on major initiatives, including the Secretary-General’s Ocean Compact and the harmonization and simplification of business practices. To improve transparency and accountability and enhance the quality and quantity of information available to Member States, the CEB secretariat developed and launched a revised CEB website (www.unsceb.org), which presents information on the work of CEB and its subsidiary bodies, including full reports of their semi-annual meetings as well as financial statistics and human resource data of the United Nations system. Additional information on the work of the United Nations Development Group can be found at www.undg.org.

During 2012, CEB deepened its efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations system by fostering coherence and coordination in response to mandates by Member States. CEB, through the High-level Committee on Programmes, addressed issues related to the acceleration of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the rule of law, and demographic dynamics with a particular focus on population concerns and international migration and development. The High-level Committee on Programmes also followed up on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, reviewed progress in the work of UN-Energy, UN-Water and UN-Oceans and intensified its work on climate change through the CEB Climate Change Action Framework. Through the High-level Committee on Management, CEB addressed key administrative issues of system-wide concern and took additional steps to extend the harmonization and simplification of business practices in areas of procurement, financial management, information and communications technology, human resources and safety and security of staff. Through the United Nations Development Group, CEB supported the optimal functioning of the resident coordinator system, and enhanced the responsiveness of United Nations activities to national priorities, strategies and systems.

In 2012, CEB welcomed the following members: Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the Word Food Programme; Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization; Bishar Hussein, Director-General of the Universal Postal Union; and Jim Kim, President of the World Bank.

CEB also selected Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for a two-year term as Chair of the High-level Committee on Management and renewed the term of Achim Steiner as Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes.