In 2014, CEB pursued a number of initiatives for advancing policy coherence and programmatic coordination, in particular in the areas of youth employment, cybercrime and cybersecurity, and climate change. Those system-wide activities were carried out in response to intergovernmental mandates, including General Assembly resolutions 68/130, 68/243, 68/212.

Promoting youth employment

Adopted by the General Assembly in 1995, the World Programme of Action for Youth provides the policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the well-being of young people around the world. Member States have repeatedly requested the United Nations system to continue its coordination towards a more coherent, comprehensive and integrated approach to youth development, most recently in General Assembly resolution 68/130.

Adressing cybercrime and cybersecurity

As the global community continued to face challenges related to cybercrime and cybersecurity, the inter-agency mechanisms continued to address the impact of these challenges. Within the UN system, internal coordination efforts related to cybersecurity deepened in 2014 with both High-Level Committees of the CEB agreeing to take specific steps to ensure a secure internal technology environment. UN system organizations agreed to coordinate activities in areas such as coping with cyberthreats and avoiding duplication of cybersecurity activities.

Facilitating United Nations system action on climate change

In line with the growing momentum for climate action, the UN system has stepped up its efforts to support Member States in addressing climate change, identified by Member States in General Assembly resolution 68/212 as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”.  The High-Level Committee on Programmes, through its Working Group on Climate Change, expanded its efforts in 2014 to make the UN system’s climate-related expertise and services more accessible to Member States and other partners.