The General Assembly, most recently in its resolution 67/236, called upon CEB to increase its transparency and accountability to Member States, and the Board has responded in a variety of ways to this mandate. Interactions and dialogue between the CEB secretariat and Member States was carried out through formal presentations and informal briefings on the work of the Board by its Secretary to the Committee for Programme and Coordination and the Economic and Social Council. The Chair of High-level Committee on Programmes held a series of consultations with Member States on the Secretary-General’s Oceans Compact. Two informal presentations by the Vice-Chair of the High-level Committee on Management to members of the Fifth Committee and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions on the topic “Progress in the work of the High-level Committee on Management on efficiency, harmonization and simplification of business practices in the United Nations system” were held in the first half of 2012, with a view to apprising Member States of the work of the Committee. United Nations system-wide perspectives on key development issues were communicated to Member States also through the holding of joint side events at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the eighteenth session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In response to paragraph 4 (a) of its resolution 64/289, in which the General Assembly called upon CEB to further enhance the quantity and quality of information on the CEB website and to publish and make available to Member States the Board’s inter-agency agreements and decisions, several initiatives responding directly to these requests have already been incorporated and are now available on the new CEB website. The presentation of Actions, defined as the outcomes of regular session meetings of the Board and its high-level committees, are now available in a searchable format to increase transparency. The reports of CEB mechanisms have also been made available.
Financial statistics and human resources data, collected from all CEB member organizations are now presented using the latest drill-down and visualization techniques, and a comprehensive directory of United Nations system organizations and online resources facilitates easy access to high-value content, regardless of where it resides within the system. There is continued comprehensive coverage of the agenda of CEB pillars, and effort has been made to facilitate access to the activities of all its mechanisms and the CEB website using an array of navigation options. Through these features and a continued emphasis on the value of up-to-date content, the website continues to serve the coordination and knowledge sharing needs of its mechanism members as well as Member States and the general public.