The annual report of CEB for 2009/10 (E/2010/69) detailed the measures that had been taken by the United Nations system since 2007 to Deliver as One on climate change. While welcoming those efforts, Member States encouraged CEB to go beyond preparations of the United Nations system to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In carrying forward joint work on that issue, CEB has taken into consideration the Outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting, which recognized the synergies between the Millennium Development Goals and climate change and acknowledged that addressing climate change would be of key importance in safeguarding and advancing progress towards achieving the Goals.

The High-level Committee on Programmes, through its Working Group on Climate Change, has embarked on a process to explore how the United Nations system can best support developing countries in integrating climate action into national development planning. The dual role for the system to respond to the pressing need to enhance implementation at the country level and to inform and support global negotiations necessitates solid linkages among efforts at the global, regional and national levels. The High-level Committee on Programmes has been working jointly with the United Nations Development Group to strengthen linkages between programmatic work at the global level and the work of country  teams, an effort which is also in direct response to the Cancun Agreements (FCCC/CP/2010/7/Add.1, decision 1/CP.16). During the reporting period, CEB and its pillars focused on delivering on the ground and considered how the United Nations system could best support Member States in implementing the Agreements.

Furthermore, coherence and coordination of the United Nations system’s programmatic work is fostered by information and knowledge-sharing, integrated and coordinated preparation and follow-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, and activities and programmatic approaches to promote a coherent delivery of services at the country level. During the reporting period, CEB also supported efforts of the United Nations system to deepen its work on adaptation action.

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Cancun in December 2010, the United Nations system highlighted its readiness to support Member States in implementing their commitments through side events and information material that presented the system’s ongoing work and practical tools. The Secretary-General hosted a high-level CEB event during which he and several executive heads had an open exchange with ministers and high-level representatives of the parties to deepen dialogue on how the United Nations system could better support countries in reaching their development goals by addressing climate change. The new approach of holding open and real-time discussions between Member States and senior United Nations officials generated unprecedented media interest and was broadcast over the Internet to a large audience. 

To support the further integration of climate change in country-level activities, the United Nations Development Group took measures to strengthen the capacity of United Nations country teams. To that end, it prepared a guidance note on mainstreaming environmental sustainability into common country assessments and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework together with a guidance note on including climate change considerations. In addition, the United Nations Development Group, in collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College, organized training for United Nations system staff members that focused on the implementation of climate-change action based on the guidance notes. For 2011, a training programme is being developed in response to an increasing demand from the United Nations country teams for a more integrated, coordinated and systematic approach to support on the interrelated areas of environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster risk reduction. The regional training will target United Nations country teams preparing the Frameworks in 2011 and 2012.