Pursuant to resolution 2008 (LX) of the Economic and Social Council, the present report provides an annual overview of the work of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) for the period covering the Board’s fall 2011 session and spring 2012 session, held in October 2011 and April 2012, respectively.

In response to General Assembly resolution 66/8, which endorsed the conclusions and recommendations set out in the report of the Committee on Programme and Coordination on the work of its fifty-first session, the present annual overview report highlights major activities carried out under the aegis of CEB to enhance system-wide coherence and coordination of the United Nations system in support of and in conformity with intergovernmental mandates. To this end, the Secretary of CEB has held interactive sessions to brief Member States on the sessions of CEB. In addition, exchanges with Member States were also carried out by officials of the Board’s secretariat. Detailed reporting on the semi-annual sessions of CEB and its subsidiary machinery can be found on the relevant websites of the Board (www.unsceb.org and www.undg.org).

Over the past two decades, the world has been witnessing major changes in the global political and economic landscape that have affected almost every aspect of human life. At the same time, the benefits of globalization have not been shared equally among and within countries. The world’s ecosystems are deteriorating rapidly, and environmental degradation is affecting every region and every country. The need for a common vision for the future of the planet and renewed political commitment to put the world on the pathway to more sustainable development has become an overarching goal and key priority of the United Nations system. This trend has also had an impact on the work of CEB during the reporting period.

The United Nations system has been called upon by Member States to ensure inter-agency coherence and participation, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, during the preparatory process of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development as well as the Conference itself. In successive sessions, CEB reflected on system-wide contributions to the preparations for the Conference and, in this context, considered elements of the broader global development agenda, including key dimensions of a greener, fairer and more sustainable globalization. Through its subsidiary machinery, CEB also addressed major management and administrative issues with a view to improving the coordination and compatibility of administrative processes across organizations of the United Nations system. In support of operational activities, a top priority of the United Nations system continues to be focused on supporting country efforts to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through United Nations

Development Assistance Frameworks, including in countries in crisis and in transition. Particular emphasis also continued to be given to the simplification and harmonization of business practices, strengthening leadership and improving knowledge management. In addition, CEB has also taken further steps in enhancing coherence and coordination among its subsidiary machinery by improving information exchanges, enhancing thematic collaboration and deepening joint programmatic activities.

During the reporting period, CEB welcomed the following new members: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization; and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the Word Food Programme.