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HLCM: Data standards for United Nations system-wide reporting of financial data 02.09.2020
FBN: 10_IPSASB ED Fin Instruments Full Text 02.10.2017
FBN: 10_IPSASB ED Fin Instruments At A Glance 02.10.2017
FBN: 6_IPSASB CP Rev&NXE At A Glance 02.10.2017
FBN: 6_IPSASB CP Rev&NXE Full Text 02.10.2017
FBN: 5_IPSASB CP Heritage Assets Full Text 02.10.2017
CEBs: Innovative forms of accountability useful for the Sustainable Development Goals 08.06.2017
CEBs: Examples of United Nations programmes and activities on inequalities and discrimination 08.06.2017
UN System Framework for Action on Equality 30.12.2019

Rising inequalities across the world have become a defining challenge of our time. Unless we take action to reverse this trend, inequalities will further deepen divides, stirring social unrest, undermining social progress and threatening political and economic stability. This could imperil all pillars of the work of the United Nations from development to human rights to peace and security. Development will only be sustainable if it is also more equitable. Joint action is needed now.

FBN: test2 18.11.2016
CEBs: Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs 01.03.2017

This report synthesizes the main lessons learned from the MDG Reviews conducted by the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) between April 2013 and November 2015. The exercise, which brought together United Nations and World Bank Group staff, summarized the country situation, identified bottlenecks to attainment, and suggested potential solutions in 16 countries and 1 subregion. Many of the observations and proposed solutions could prove useful in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CEB: Annex 09.08.2016
CEB: Rising to the challenge 09.08.2016

It is now widely agreed that more ambitious action on climate change is vital to human progress in the twenty-first century. At the same time, many other political, economic, social and environmental

CEB: Empowering governments to act 09.08.2016

In addition to UN-wide coordination in the above sectors, most of which are climate sensitive and sources of significant emissions, the UN system collaborates on providing an enabling environment
for taking climate action. Resources, science, technology, education and training, capacity development, partnerships, and data and information are all essential to empowering countries to take action on all climate-related sectors. They also make countries more effective in their pursuit of sustainable development.

CEBs: Reducing emissions, building resilience 09.08.2016

Climate change affects, and is affected by, all economic and social sectors. The UN system supports a wide variety of national efforts to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change.
While UN agencies and programmes pursue many activities within their own mandates, increasingly they combine their respective expertise to support cross-cutting initiatives.
These joint efforts are also increasingly underpinned by the ability of Governments and UN organizations to leverage the new international climate institutions launched under UNFCCC. These

CEBs: Towards a carbon-neutral future 09.08.2016

Climate change and sustainable development are the central challenges of our time. They are inseparably linked and need to be addressed together. Action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate impacts is essential for ensuring sustainable development. At the same time, only sustainable development can provide the stable political, economic, social and environmental conditions that all countries need to address climate change successfully and build carbon-neutral economies.

CEB: Foreword by the UNSG 09.08.2016

More than any other institution or organization in the world, the United Nations has been at the forefront of efforts to address climate change. The UN has been a leader in assessing the state of the science through the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
It has brought countries together through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and is currently working to negotiate a universal and meaningful climate agreement.
And it is working with countries on strategies, policies and projects to promote a low-carbon economy.

CEB: Preface 09.08.2016

This brochure has been jointly written and produced by some 40 United Nations (UN) specialized agencies, funds, programmes and other bodies that coordinate their respective activities on climate change. The brochure has one simple purpose: to show Governments and the public how the diverse entities of the UN system work together to support ambitious international action on climate change.

CEBs: L’appui Des Nations Unies à Une Action Ambitieuse En Matière De Changement Climatique 15.06.2016

La présente brochure a été rédigée et produite conjointement par une quarantaine d’agences spécialisées, fonds, programmes et autres organes des Nations Unies qui coordonnent leurs activités en matière de changement climatique.L’objectif est simple: montrer aux gouvernements et au public comment les différentes entités du système des Nations Unies travaillent main dans la main pour soutenir une action internationale ambitieuse en faveur du climat.

CEB: How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version) 23.02.2017
CEB: How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change 23.02.2017

This brochure, jointly written and produced by the nearly 40 UN specialized agencies, funds, programmes and other bodies that coordinate their respective activities on climate change through the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change, provides examples of how the diverse entities of the UN system work together and with partners to support ambitious action on climate change.

FBN: NAO: IPSAS Compliance Guide (December 2007) 23.02.2017

The National Audit Office (NAO) of the United Kingdom has produced this IPSAS Compliance Guide in order to support IPSAS Adoption by the United Nations World Food Programme. (The WFP is audited by the NAO)

CEB: How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version) 23.02.2017
CEB: How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change 15.06.2016

This brochure, jointly written and produced by the nearly 40 UN specialized agencies, funds, programmes and other bodies that coordinate their respective activities on climate change through the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change, provides examples of how the diverse entities of the UN system work together and with partners to support ambitious action on climate change.

HLCP: Proposed recommendations and outcomes for the 2013 General Assembly high-level dialogue on international migration and development 30.05.2017

Coordinated by the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with the Global Migration Group, on behalf of the member agencies of the High-level Committee on Programmes.

Document reference: CEB/2013/4
CEB: World Health Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: The World Bank 23.02.2017
CEB: World Meteorological Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: World Intellectual Property Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: Universal Postal Union 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Institute for Training and Research 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Children's Fund 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Populations Fund 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Environment Programme 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Development Programme 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 23.02.2017
CEB: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations Human Settlements Programme 23.02.2017
CEB: UN Women 23.02.2017
CEB: Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants 23.02.2017
CEB: United Nations regional commissions 23.02.2017
CEB: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 23.02.2017
CEB: NGO Committee on Migration 23.02.2017
CEB: International Maritime Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: The International Labour Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: International Fund for Agricultural Development 23.02.2017
CEB: International Civil Aviation Organization 23.02.2017
CEB: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 23.02.2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)1 is a UN specialized agency mandated to lead international efforts to defeat hunger and achieve food security for all.

CEB: The international system working as one 23.02.2017

The global discourse on migration has shifted significantly in recent years with the increase in knowledge and awareness about the multifaceted nature of human mobility and its potential to benefit development at the human, social and economic levels.

CEB: Foreword 23.02.2017

Human mobility is a fact of life. People have always migrated to adapt to, or escape from, difficulties and disasters, or spurred by curiosity and dreams of a better life. What has brought particular attention to migration in recent years is the scale and complexity of movements, touching almost all countries around the world, catalysed by speed of information flow and means of transportation, and the increasing awareness of the countless developmental opportunities and challenges which mobility offers to migrants, their families, communities and societies at large.

CEB: Preface 23.02.2017

International migration is as old as human history and continues to define and reshape nations, cultures and the day-to-day life of many millions of people. It would be wrong to assert that its impact has always been benign, particularly for indigenous populations, but today it is also increasingly evident that migration consistently benefits countries of destination and origin, as well as migrants themselves. 

CEB: International Migration and Development: Contributions and Recommendations of the International System 23.02.2017

This book showcases the mandates and work of 28 UN organizations and related international entities engaged with international migration issues.  It offers unique insights into the growing coherence of action among these key players and includes a set of recommendations and outcomes for the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.

CEB: UN System-wide Action Plan on Youth Survey Results 23.02.2017

The results of the survey identified young people’s development priorities and confirmed many of the approaches adopted by the UN system to promote youth development. The survey results served as input to develop the System‐wide Action Plan on Youth.

CEB: World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) 23.02.2017

The World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people. It contains proposals for action, aiming at fostering conditions and mechanisms to promote improved well-being and livelihoods among young people.

CEB: Coordinated UN System Action on Climate Change 23.02.2017

The United Nations system Chief Executives Board (CEB), under the leadership of the Secretary-General, initiated a process to align the strengths of all organizations of the UN system in coordinated action to meet the challenges of climate change.

HLCP: Annex C: Background-The UN system and climate change 23.02.2017
HLCP: Annex B: Priority issue areas 23.02.2017
HLCP: Annex A: Planning and implementation mechanisms 23.02.2017
HLCP: Adaptation Policy Paper 23.02.2017

Empowering individuals, communities and countries to cope with climate change impacts, in particular strengthening the adaptive capacity of the poorest, must go hand-in-hand with progress towards sustainable development in all its economic, social and environmental aspects.

HLCP: UN System Supporting Adaptation in an Enhanced Adaptation Regime 23.02.2017

Recognizing that successful cooperation and implementation of adaptation actions depends on a wide engagement of stakeholders, Parties have invited relevant multilateral, international, regional and national organizations, the public and private sectors, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to undertake and support adaptation in a coherent and integrated manner.

HLCP: Facilitating Access to Climate Finance 23.02.2017

To catalyze low-emissions, climate-resilient growth, countries need access to adequate climate finance that simultaneously reduces GHG emissions and promotes poverty reduction. The challenge is to mobilize a variety of resources at scale, while at the same time delivering at sufficient speed along national development priorities.

HLCP: IMF Work on Fiscal Policy and Climate Change 23.02.2017

Fiscal policy has a critical role to play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and raising revenues for climate finance, fiscal consolidation, and other purposes.

UNDG: UN System Joint Crisis Initiatives Note 23.02.2017

This note consolidates the support offered by the UN system under each of the nine Joint Crisis Initiatives, proposed by HLCP and endorsed by CEB on 5 April 2009, and provides contact details of focal points making the available resources easily accessible for UNCTs.

CEB: Annex 23.02.2017

Collaborative initiatives and actions by the organizations of the United Nations system to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration.

HLCP: UN System-Wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (SWAP) 30.05.2017

The UN System-Wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was endorsed by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in October 2006, as a means of furthering the goal of gender equality and women’s empowerment within the policies and programmes of the UN system, and implementing the ECOSOC agreed conclusions 1997/2.1.

HLCP: The Social Dimension of Climate Change 23.02.2017

This discussion paper was prepared under the auspices of the United Nations Task Team on Social Dimensions of Climate Change, which is currently composed of 20 Agencies: FAO, ILO, IOM, ITU, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDESA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNITAR, UNISDR, UNRISD, UNU, UN Women, World Bank (WB), WFP and WHO.

CEB: La crisis financiera mundial y su impacto en las tareas del sistema de la ONU 23.02.2017

Face à l‟éventualité que la communauté internationale affronte l‟une des menaces financières, économiques et sociales les plus sérieuses de notre temps, le Conseil des Chefs de Secrétariat des Organismes de l‟Organisation des Nations Unies pour la coordination (CCS) s‟est réuni pour analyser les divers aspects pertinents et se mobiliser pour prendre des mesures afin de faire face à l‟impact de la crise dans les domaines du travail de chacun de ses membres.

CEB: The way forward 23.02.2017

A coherent response by the multilateral system to the crisis is an ambitious task. CEB is well placed to mobilize such a response and make it "a source of strength for the system and each of its members, using it as an instrument for the highest level expression of system-wide coherence" as agreed in the CEB review.

CEB: International cooperation for development 23.02.2017

In translating all above policy responses into development action, development policy in itself has to remain true to the values, commitments and objectives proclaimed internationally throughout the last two decades. The fundamental values and principles of development assistance and international cooperation must be honored and applied. Human rights need to be at the center of development assistance. Consistency across all organizations between the normative and the operational, remain crucial. Convergence of policies between the global, regional and national is key for success.

CEB: Humanitarian security and social stability 23.02.2017

Although not necessarily obvious at first sight, with a crisis now hitting the real economy and virtually all spheres of society, the world as a whole could rapidly become a much more dangerous place to live in. This, in turn, could exacerbate the overall impact of the crisis and hamper recovery plans, feeding back more humanitarian, security and social instability and leading the world into a worrying vicious circle.

CEB: Social services, empowerment and protection of people 23.02.2017

Social protection is in urgent need. The economic downturn is already having several implications in the provision of social services and social protection programmes, particularly in developing countries. Fiscal tightness arising from the need for economic stimulus packages to counterbalance the negative effects of financial constraints are already affecting the possibility of weak public structures to face the growing needs for safety nets, and ways of protecting the population from the effects of the major meltdown.

CEB: Food security 23.02.2017

Hunger is on the increase across the developing world with tens of millions more people facing food insecurity and malnutrition. The economic downturn is exacerbating the impact of the food crisis, which brought the total number of hungry close to one billion - one in six persons - and with a child dying of hunger every six seconds. Food prices remain volatile and may spike again as droughts and floods and climate-related events affect harvests.

CEB: Environment 23.02.2017

Facing such an acute economic downturn, there is a real risk that governments, business and other economic actors and multilateral agencies sacrifice their commitment to fight climate change and environmental degradation for economic survival and funding more immediate priori ties.

CEB: Employment, production and aggregate demand 23.02.2017

The intertwined impact of the financial turmoil on decreased consumer and business confidence as well as exports, is ultimately a downward spiral typical of a sustained recession, with less spending and less earning both domestically and internationally feeding back into each other, impacting severely on jobs and incomes. .

CEB: Trade 23.02.2017

International trade is being seriously affected by falling income and decreasing demand, in particular in developed countries. Global trade negotiations are stalled and protectionism is looming. Protectionist moves could trigger a retaliatory spiral which could exacerbate the downward cycle. Resisting protectionism and avoiding an aggravation of the current crisis is an imperative today.

CEB: Finance 23.02.2017

Beyond the various rescue packages put in place to recapitalize distressed banks and stabilize the financial systems as well as the fiscal stimulus to reactivate economic activity, global policy coherence within the multilateral system is also called for in a certain number of other areas of finance.

HLCP: Key areas for policy coherence 23.02.2017

Discussions at HLCP grouped the several dimensions of the crisis and their impact in key policy areas, highlighting the connections within and across them. They also recognized the need to identify the gaps that have to be addressed. The eight key priority areas are:

CEB: The need for an international coordinated response 23.02.2017

The current crisis is global and originates in the developed world. Governments around the world are taking unprecedented action to avert the collapse of the financial system. Much of the focus to date has been on stabilizing financial markets, restoring credit liquidity and reactivating the economy. In a number of developed and emerging economies, financial rescue measures have been complemented with the announcement of aggressive fiscal measures in the form of lower taxes and higher government spending. The amount of the fiscal packages is often without precedent.

CEB: The crisis and its consequences 23.02.2017

The world is in a global financial, economic and social crisis spreading and evolving at high speed. The channels of transmission are very rapid and multiple; from bank credit, finance and capital flows to a fall in demand affecting output, exports and prices, onto exchange rates, current account and fiscal positions. It is impacting upon the real economy and quickly becoming a global jobs crisis. All countries are affected by a severe global downturn characterized as the worst in over 60 years.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

This paper has been prepared for the consideration of CEB by the Chair of HLCP as a result of the discussions held by HLCP at its meeting of 26 and 27 February 2009 on the impacts of the global financial and economic crisis. It reflects a revised version of the Issue Paper 1 prepared by the Chair of HLCP for that discussion, on the basis of a very rich set of contributions provided by CEB member organizations upon request from the Chair of HLCP to the respective Executive Heads. The compendium 2 of contributions received is also available to CEB.

CEB: Foreword 23.02.2017

 As the international community faces one of the gravest financial, economic and social threats in our lifetime, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has come together to analyze the relevant aspects and mobilize for action to confront the impact of the crisis in the areas of work of each of its members.

CEB: Working together to promote human rights, democracy and good governance 23.02.2017

The Millennium Declaration commits the nations of the world “to promote democracy and strengthen the rule of law, as well as respect for all internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development.” In it, world leaders resolve “to strengthen the capacity of all our countries to implement the principles and practices of democracy and respect for human rights.”

CEB: Working together for poverty eradication and sustainable development 23.02.2017

Economic and social progress is one of the three pillars of action in the framework for international cooperation established by the Millennium Declaration. In that area, the framework fixes specific, time-bound targets and performance measures for poverty eradication and sustainable development.

CEB: The Millennium Declaration is changing the way the UN system works 23.02.2017

Its Charter gives the United Nations Organization a comprehensive mission, encompassing the maintenance of peace and security, the promotion of human rights, and economic and social progress. The mandates of the specialized agencies, UN Programmes and Funds and related organizations—which together with the Organization make up the United Nations system—cover a wide spectrum of concerns and areas for international cooperation.

CEB: Executive Summary 23.02.2017

With this report, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) aims to contribute to the preparations for the 2005 World Summit, to take place this September in the General Assembly, five years after the adoption of the historic Millennium Declaration. The report provides an  account of how UN organizations are working together to assist countries in achieving the Declaration’s objectives.

CEB: Foreword 23.02.2017
CEB: Annex 23.02.2017

List of acronyms

CEB: Climate-neutral UN 23.02.2017

Following the Secretary-General's urging to “lead by example”, the CEB decided in October 2007 to move towards a climateneutral UN. A UN Climate Neutral Strategy devised through the UN's Environment Management Group provides the framework for doing so.

CEB: Public awareness raising 23.02.2017

The Secretary-General has made it a top priority of his tenure to raise awareness at the highest level of the potential impacts of climate change and the necessity for taking urgent action. He is pursuing that personally, in cooperation with other UN system Executive Heads, as well as through his Special Envoys on Climate Change and other senior UN officials.

CEB: Supporting global, regional and national action 23.02.2017

An effective response to climate changerelated challenges requires actions at the global, regional and national levels. The UN system is using its expertise and resources to ensure planning and delivery of coherent support to countries in their efforts at all three levels.

CEB: Technology transfer 23.02.2017

Technology transfer and development activities by the UN system promote the diffusion and uptake of environmentallyfriendly and climate-friendly technologies and practices towards achieving objectives of mitigation and adaptation at the country level.

CEB: Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) 23.02.2017

REDD-related activities of the UN system aspire to contribute towards achieving sustainable management of forests that enables the economic, environmental and social goods and services of forests to benefit countries, communities and forest users, while also contributing to global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

CEB: Financing mitigation and adaptation action 23.02.2017

The UN system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions, is assisting developing countries in better leveraging finance from a variety of sources to help them adapt to climate change impacts and undertake nationally appropriate mitigation actions in the context of sustainable development.

CEB: Capacity building 23.02.2017

The United Nations system works to strengthen national institutions and human capacity to better analyze the impacts of climate change, develop courses of action for greater resilience and implement relevant adaptation and mitigation activities.

CEB: Adaptation 23.02.2017

The United Nations system is working to help people and communities in countries, especially those most vulnerable, to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change while continuing to grow and achieve their development goals and aspirations.

CEB: Climate knowledge: science, assessment, monitoring and early warning 23.02.2017

Climate knowledge is the foundation for the development of an effective response to the climate change challenge. The UN system plays a central role in this area, bringing together global resources for observation and analysis of climate change trends. It is committed to reinforcing its efforts to provide sound and unbiased scientific information and climate services to enable evidence-based policy and decision making at all levels.

CEB: Introduction 23.02.2017

The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are having significant and negative impacts on the climate, emphasized the dangers of rising global mean temperatures and associated changes in precipitation patterns and extreme weather events, and provided an assessment of the means and costs of combating climate change.

CEB: Foreword by the UN Secretary-General 23.02.2017

At the 13th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, Indonesia, we met to initiate an ambitious new phase of international cooperation on climate change in the light of compelling scientific evidence. At that time, I spoke of climate change as the “defining challenge of our time”.

HLCP: CEB Issue Paper: The Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on the Work of the UN System 15.06.2016

At its meeting in Geneva on 26-27 February 2009, the HLCP discussed extensively a preliminary version of this paper, submitted by the Chair, on the basis of a very rich set of contributions by all agencies. The CEB Paris meeting resulted in a robust exchange of views during which CEB members endorsed the course of action proposed by the HLCP and supported the various initiatives for joint action contained in the Issue Paper prepared by the Chair of the HLCP.

HLCP: Acting on Climate Change: The UN Delivering as One 15.06.2016

Under the leadership of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has initiated a process of aligning its strengths to achieve a coordinated action-oriented approach to the global and multifaceted challenge of climate change. This document brings together information on activities undertaken throughout the United Nations system, including its agencies, funds and programmes, as contributed by the respective entities.

CEB: One United Nations: Catalyst for Progress and Change 15.06.2016

CEB’s contribution to the preparatory process of the 2005 World Summit culminated in the publication of "One United Nations: Catalyst for Progress and Change — How the Millennium Declaration is Changing the Way the United Nations System Works", which was launched at the July 2005 session of the Economic and Social Council and was commended by the President of the Economic and Social Council to the Summit.