As a unique international mechanism with universal membership that combines convening power, normative work, standard-setting, policy development and operational activities, the UN system in its entirety has embarked on an actionoriented and coordinated effort to support the international community to rise to this challenge.
The CEB initiative that commenced in early 2007 has already established a clear framework for action with focus areas for the achievement of early results. Agencies contribute within the framework of their respective areas of expertise, mandates issued by their governing bodies and resources made available to them. Work also continues in a number of cross-cutting areas that support this effort. The overall objective is to maximize existing synergies, eliminate duplication and overlap, and optimize the impact of the collective effort of the UN system.
The convening agencies have been asked to work in close collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat.
At its April 2008 session the CEB decided to concentrate at this stage on five focus areas, which were identified in response to the UNFCCC negotiation process and in pursuance of the broader mandates and capacities in the UN system. To ensure better coordination, convening responsibilities were assigned to UN system entities with a large volume of activities in the respective focus areas and some additional cross-cutting ones. These areas, which may evolve as some issues are concluded and others emerge, are outlined below, along with the respective convening entities:
Mitigation, one of the pillars of the Bali Road Map along with Adaptation, Finance and Technology Transfer, is also addressed through actions carried out or supported by the UN system in different areas. This is particularly true of activities under REDD, with elements of mitigation action also embedded in work related to Financing, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building. The United Nations system will act further in this area following the Parties" decisions in this regard.
Programmatic work at the headquarters level through the CEB"s High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) is connected to UN system activities at the country level through the UN Development Group, now also a pillar of the CEB, and the individual UN Country Teams. The UNFCCC Secretariat serves as the link to the global climate change negotiation process.
In addition to the indicative examples of UN system activities provided under each area below, a system-wide inventory of UN activities on climate change is being developed on-line both as an information resource and a planning tool (accessible through www.un.org/climatechange).