Pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 2008 (LX), the present report provides an overview of the annual work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). It also responds to the request by the General Assembly, in paragraph 4 (b) of its resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence, to include appropriate information on the work of the Board in its annual overview report to the Economic and Social Council, which is also studied by the Committee for Programme and Coordination, in order to promote more effective dialogue. The present report covers the year 2014.

In response to General Assembly resolution 69/17, in which the Assembly endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the work of its fifty-fourth session (A/69/16, chap. III.A), the annual overview report highlights major activities carried out under the aegis of CEB to enhance United Nations system-wide coherence and coordination in support of and in conformity with intergovernmental mandates.

In resolution 69/17, the General Assembly noted the contributions of CEB in 2013 in enhancing United Nations system-wide coherence and coordination in policy, operational and management matters. In particular, it welcomed intensified efforts by CEB on system-wide preparation and follow-up of major United Nations conferences, the Board’s work to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and an active approach in support of country-level efforts in order to achieve tangible results. Concerning CEB’s role in ensuring coordinated United Nations system-wide support in the preparation of and follow-up to the post-2015 development agenda, the Board was requested to report on ways and means to strengthen its role to foster policy coherence in the United Nations system in order to ensure coordinated and effective action on a wide range of programmatic, management and operational issues linked to the post-2015 development agenda.

The General Assembly also recognized the continuous work of CEB on the harmonization and simplification of business practices which provided opportunities for generating efficiencies by reducing administrative and procedural redundancies, and welcomed the work on the implementation of good practices in performance management. The Board was requested to report on the results achieved by the new vendor registration system, in particular with regard to the participation of developing countries and economies in transition in the procurement process. The General Assembly further made requests relating to a coordinated approach to multilingualism, the mainstreaming of support for South-South cooperation, and the continuation of dialogue between CEB and Member States. 

At the time of writing this report, the international community continues to face a broad range of global challenges, including continuing high levels of poverty and unemployment, especially among youth; rapid urbanization; health and humanitarian crises; and climate change and natural disasters. As Member States seek to address these diverse and complex issues, the United Nations system is committed to supporting country efforts by bringing to bear its wide-ranged technical expertise and operational experience. As a coordinating body, CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms, the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM) and the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), foster policy, management and operational coherence that seeks to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of UN system activities.  Its activities respond to inter-governmental mandates and support Member States priorities.

Transparency and accountability to Member States remain key priorities for CEB. In 2014, the Board continued to identify opportunities to engage in substantive exchanges with Member States and to further enrich the information provided on its website (www.unsceb.org). The Board also continued to coordinate with other jointly financed bodies, in particular the International Civil Service Commission and the Joint Inspection Unit.