During the reporting period, CEB, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, has made significant progress in taking effective and coordinated action on a wide range of programme, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates to ensure that the United Nations system collaborates closely on issues of system-wide concern. With respect to the mandate of CEB to support and reinforce the coordinating role of intergovernmental bodies, the Board harnessed synergies and complementarities among the organizations of the United Nations system in various areas, particularly by contributing to the preparation of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. In addition, CEB supported countries in their efforts to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and advanced coordination in the area of harmonization and simplification of business practices both at country and global levels.

Enhancing the transparency and accountability of CEB to Member States has been one of the Board’s priorities during the reporting period. Direct and substantive dialogue between CEB and Member States was carried out by the Secretary of the Board as well as officials of the Board’s secretariat. 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, the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is expected to have system-wide implications for the further integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development into the work of United Nations system organizations. This will require a coherent and coordinated response by the members of CEB to accelerate follow-up and implementation.