Continuing the direct and substantive dialogue between CEB and Member States, as called for by General Assembly resolutions 64/289 and 69/17, to enhance and strengthen the Board’s transparency and accountability, remained a priority in 2014. Three formal briefings on the work of CEB by the CEB Secretariat to the Economic and Social Council were held in June, July and December 2014. In addition, the Vice Chair of the High-Level Committee on Management gave a briefing to Member States on the work of the Committee on harmonization and simplification of business practices in the UN system in April. In June, the Committee for Programme and Coordination received a presentation on CEB’s main activities. In December, the three Vice Chairs of CEB’s subsidiary bodies participated in a dialogue with the Economic and Social Council on the issue of the longer-term positioning of the UN development system.
Information on the work of CEB was also maintained on the Board’s website (www.unsceb.org). Notably, the website includes the UN system financial and human resource statistics, the Directory of Senior Officials (DOSO) and the CEB and Committee reports and outcomes. A new multilingual section was introduced with a view to making information contained on the website accessible to a wider audience. The harmonized reporting and visualization of CEB statistics was extended to include United Nations Office of Project Services’ procurement data. In addition, work is underway to develop a UN System Data Catalogue. This initiative will be launched as an online service and aims to present an increasingly comprehensive picture of public UN system data resources. It is through the classification of data by thematic coverage and organizational source that this initiative seeks to promote data accessibility, transparency and accountability in the increasingly important area of data sharing.