The Administrative Committee on Coordination was renamed the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its 2001 session. On 21 September 1946, at the request of ECOSOC [Resolution 13 (III) ], the Secretary-General established the Administrative Committee on Coordination as a standing committee to supervise the implementation of the relationship agreements between the United Nations and the then existing three specialized agencies.
Until October 2000, system-wide coordination in programme as well as management areas was carried out in part by standing bodies, each focusing on a particular aspect of coordination within the United Nations system. There were five such bodies which reported directly to ACC: the Organizational Committee, the Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions, the Consultative Committee on Programme and Operational Questions, the Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development and the Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality.
In October 2000, two high-level committees were established: one to oversee work in the management area, the High-level Committee on Management, and another in the policy and programme areas, the High Level Committee on Programmes. The Board decided to move away from the concept of "permanent subsidiary bodies" -- all previous subsidiary bodies ceased to exist as of the end of 2001.
Part one of the report highlights the issue of reform, which was a major feature of the experience of many organizations of the United Nations system during the year and which has had significant implications for the work of ACC.
The improvements I am seeking to introduce within the United Nations, at both the policy and management levels, must be an integral part of a broader, system-wide effort to adapt priorities and methods of work to a rapidly changing international environment.
During the past year, the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) has reinforced its capacity to address the main policy issues facing the international community, and to promote and organize joint initiatives towards common objectives
During the year, ACC devoted special attention to issues relating to African economic recovery and development and agreed to launch a System-wide Special Initiative on Africa.
ACC also agreed on ways and means of promoting a coherent and coordinated system-wide follow-up to recent international conferences, in particular at the country level. In the same context, ACC reviewed the arrangements being put in place to ensure effective inter-agency coordination in the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development.
The present report covers the work carried out by the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) and its subsidiary bodies in 1994, and endeavours to highlight policy issues requiring attention by Governments and by concerned intergovernmental bodies.
The present report brings to the attention of the Committee on Programme and Coordination and of the Economic and Social Council an overview of the activities of ACC since the end of its first regular session of 1993. It outlines the outcome of ACC’s consideration of a number of policy issues, particularly those related to resource flows and financing for development, the World Summit for Social Development, the agenda for development, the follow-up to UNCED and further action taken to enhance the effectiveness of its subsidiary machinery.
The present report was prepared in order to provide the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council for 1993 with up-to-date information on the results of the ACC’s consideration of issues - such as the coordination of humanitarian assistance and the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development - currently before the Council and to inform the session of the outcome of the ACC’s review of its own functioning and methods of work, which was completed at the first regular meeting of ACC in April 1993.