Work methods of the Chief Executives Board

As a result of the CEB review and the integration of the United Nations Development Group into the CEB structure, a process of consultations to ensure an alignment of the work programmes and respective responsibilities of the three CEB pillars — the High-Level Committee on Management, the High-Level Committee on Programmes and the United Nations Development Group — was also begun during the reporting period.

A climate-neutral United Nations

On World Environment Day, 5 June 2007, the Secretary-General pledged to explore ways of making the United Nations more climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable and to develop a climate-neutral approach to its premises and operations. The Environment Management Group, under the leadership of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was, in line with that commitment, given the task of carrying out a study of how best to proceed with making the United Nations climate neutral.


At its 2007 spring session, the Chief Executives Board endorsed the recommendation for an evaluation of the eight pilot projects carried out at the country level under the One United Nations initiative and gave the United Nations Evaluation Group the task of establishing the substantive parameters and process for the evaluation. In response to that request, the United Nations Evaluation Group envisaged a three-stage process, as follows:

Triennial comprehensive policy review

CEB member organizations were actively engaged in the consultative process to prepare the 2007 triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities of the United Nations development system. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs prepared two reports of the Secretary-General to facilitate deliberations by Member States: (a) an analytical report on the implementation of resolution 59/250 (A/62/73-E/2007/52); and (b) a report with conclusions and recommendations (A/62/253).