During the period under review, CEB continued its efforts at furthering coordination and cooperation among the organizations of the United Nations system on a wide range of programme, management and operational issues. As pointed out by Member States during the consultations on system-wide coherence held by the General Assembly during its sixty-first to sixty-third sessions, coherence is not a goal in itself but a means of improving the delivery of support to those that need it most. During the reporting period, the Board devoted increasing attention to operational issues at the country level and to alignment of the work of the United Nations system at the global, regional and country levels.

With the attention of the global community centred on the financial and economic crisis, the Board has launched an ambitious response by the entire United Nations system to support vulnerable countries while emphasizing the importance of not losing sight of the threats posed by the longer-term climate change and development challenges. The work of the Board in 2009/10 is expected to be framed by upcoming events, such as the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development (United Nations Headquarters, 1-3 June 2009), the high-level event on climate change (United Nations Headquarters, 22 September 2009) and the 2009 United Nations climate change conference (Copenhagen, 7-18 December 2009), as well as the Millennium Development Goal review summit to be held in 2010. Through its three pillars, CEB will to continue to advance its efforts on many of the issues addressed in 2008/09. CEB and its member organizations will, in moving towards a more effective, coherent and better performing United Nations system, continue to be guided by the mandates provided to them by Member States through their respective governing bodies.