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    29 March 2010

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    UNIDO to Host United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination

    VIENNA, 29 March (UN Information Service) - The United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) will meet at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna from 9 to 10 April to discuss issues relating to climate change, the September Summit on progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, global governance and the global economic and financial crisis.

    The CEB meets twice a year and brings together the heads of 27 UN system organizations (15 specialized agencies, 10 UN Funds and Programmes, the IAEA and WTO) under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The CEB fosters cooperation and coordination among the organizations of the UN system across the full range of policy, programme and management issues in the pursuit of the common goals set by Member States.

    Attendance in meetings of the CEB is limited to its members.

    UNIDO plays an active role in advancing greater coherence and coordination within the UN system through the work of the CEB's three main mechanisms, its two high-level committees (High-level Committee on Programmes and High-level Committee on Management) and the United Nations Development Group (UNDG).

    UNIDO also works with its UN partners in the CEB Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity, to provide joint trade development assistance at the regional and national levels, notably in the Delivering as One UN pilot countries that include Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam.

    In the area of energy and climate change, UNIDO serves as Co-convenor, with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, on technology transfer in the context of the CEB climate change initiative. The Director-General of UNIDO, Kandeh K. Yumkella, is also the Chairman of UN-Energy, the UN's system-wide coordinating body on energy issues. In addition, he heads a high-level advisory group that provides the Secretary-General advice on energy and climate change. The Group will present its final report in New York on 28 April.

    This meeting will be the first time UNIDO will host the CEB (previously known as the Administrative Committee on Coordination) since it was established in 1946.

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