The present report provides an overview of major developments in inter-agency cooperation within the framework of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) in 2013.
The report highlights the key activities of CEB in fostering a coherent approach on policy, operational and management matters to enhance United Nations system-wide coordination in support of intergovernmental bodies. The report also provides information on efforts to enhance coherence and coordination on system-wide preparation and follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits.
In 2013, CEB, through its High-level Committee on Programmes, focused specifically on system-wide support to the acceleration of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals; enhancing implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (Istanbul Programme of Action) by United Nations system organizations; advanced system-wide coordination in the preparation of the post-2015 development agenda; the nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.
Seeking to increase the effectiveness and impact of operational activities of the United Nations system, CEB, through the United Nations Development Group, placed the highest priority on ensuring coherent implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations across the system with a firm focus on high-impact priority areas. With regard to administrative and management issues of system-wide concern, CEB, through its High-level Committee on Management, focused on modernizing human resources management and improving business practices.
The report also highlights coordination activities between CEB and other jointly financed bodies.
Effective and coordinated action across programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates is essential in order for the United Nations system to deliver results that address global challenges facing the international community. In 2013, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, facilitated the United Nations system efforts to work together in a coherent and coordinated manner.
Throughout 2013, CEB responded to calls by the General Assembly for system-wide coordination in the preparation and follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits, including the Millennium Summit, post-2015 development agenda, Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries, and the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. In support of those conferences and summits, CEB developed joint contributions and enhanced United Nations system-wide coherence in the implementation of conference outcomes.
In 2013, CEB pursued a number of initiatives for advancing policy coherence and programmatic coordination, in particular in the areas of international migration and development, youth, human rights, cybercrime and cybersecurity, and climate change.
In response to General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of United Nations operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the United Nations Development Group placed the highest priority on ensuring coherent implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review across the system with a firm focus on high-impact areas.
At its twenty-fifth session in March 2013, the High-level Committee on Management approved its Strategic Plan for 2013-2016, outlining the priority objectives for the Committee and its networks for the next three to five years. Among the key drivers of the High-level Committee on Management strategic plan, are the mandates set by the General Assembly in its resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review.
In response to paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 68/20 and paragraph 232 of the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on its fifty-third session (A/68/16), CEB made further efforts to interact and communicate with Member States through a series of formal and informal exchanges with Member States organized in the course of the year.