In 2012, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, has made further progress in taking effective and coordinated action on a wide range of programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates to ensure that the United Nations system collaborates closely and effectively on issues of system-wide concern. Acting on its mandate to enhance United Nations system coordination and coherence in support of and conformity with intergovernmental mandates, CEB bolstered its efforts to support countries in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and strengthened United Nations system collaboration around sustainable development issues. The Board also advanced coordination in the area of harmonization and simplification of business practices at both the country and global levels.

Dialogue and interaction between CEB and Member States increased in 2012 through a series of briefings and presentation by the Secretary of CEB and the leadership of the High-level Committee on Programmes and the High-level Committee on Management. The transparency and accountability of CEB to Member States was further enhanced by the development of a revised CEB website. CEB also continued its cooperation with other jointly financed coordination bodies, in particular with the Joint Inspection Unit and the International Civil Service Commission, and strengthened its cooperation with those bodies on issues of common concern.

Looking ahead, calls by Member States for policy coherence and effective United Nations system-wide preparation and follow-up to United Nations conferences and summits are expected to continue to guide the work of CEB in 2013. The quadrennial comprehensive policy review requires a coherent and coordinated response by the United Nations system and provides important directives to CEB and its subsidiary bodies for follow-up. In addition, CEB is committed to further strengthening dialogue and interaction with Member States and to continuing cooperation with other jointly financed bodies.