Effective and coordinated action across a wide range of issue areas is essential if the United Nations system is to deliver results that address the global challenges that confront the international community. The Chief Executives Board, the apex coordination mechanism of the United Nations system under the leadership of the Secretary-General, strives to ensure that the system aligns its collective strengths to meet the mandates established by Member States. The outcomes and decisions of the governing bodies of the organizations of the United Nations system continue to guide and shape the work of CEB and its pillars. Executive heads and members of CEB are committed to working together in a coherent and coordinated manner to ensure integrated and synchronized follow-up to the directives of Member States. Such actions are designed to ensure maximum impact of the efforts of the United Nations system in support of intergovernmental decisions.

At the same time, the analytical work of the United Nations system is designed to support the efforts of Member States to find comprehensive solutions to interconnected challenges. It is in that spirit that collaboration within the United Nations system has continued to deepen and evolve. The United Nations system has benefited from increased and interactive dialogue with representatives of Member States, such as during the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Cancun in 2010. CEB welcomes all efforts to increase the understanding of its work and to ensure full transparency through its reports, briefings and material posted on the Internet.

CEB will continue to keep its inter-agency structures and collaborative working practices under review with an aim of greater overall effectiveness and impact. To that end, the CEB secretariat, which supports the High-level Committee on Management and the High-level Committee on Programmes, and the Development Operations Coordination Office, which supports the United Nations Development Group, will work jointly to facilitate the sequencing of issues among the pillars, the sharing of information and the identification and removal of obstacles to maximum collaboration.

In the coming year, CEB will work closely with the Deputy Secretary-General on leadership efforts concerning change management, towards improving efficiency and determining how organizations can do more with less. It is also expected to focus efforts on preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Exploring the full range of implications for the period beyond the Conference requires further work and, in the year ahead, CEB will be giving priority to assessing the challenges and opportunities for the United Nations system related to the outcome of the Conference. With the aim of fostering an integrated approach, CEB will also promote an integrated system-wide approach to preparations for the parallel processes of preparations for the seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held in Durban, South Africa, the International Year on Energy Access for All, and follow-up to the outcome of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries.

On operational issues, CEB will place strong emphasis on the independent evaluation of Delivering as One, which will be presented to the President of the General Assembly at the sixty-sixth session of the Assembly. Future developments will continue to place focus on topical content coverage and the timely delivery of information relating to the priorities and activities of its member organizations. The outcome of those and other emerging activities of CEB and its three pillars will be reflected in its next annual overview report.