In response to paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 68/20 and paragraph 232 of the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on its fifty-third session (A/68/16), CEB made further efforts to interact and communicate with Member States through a series of formal and informal exchanges with Member States organized in the course of the year. These exchanges included four formal briefings on the work of CEB by the CEB secretariat to the Economic and Social Council in February, May, July and December 2013. In addition, the Committee for Programme and Coordination was apprised of the Board’s key activities in June 2013. An informal presentation by the Vice-Chair of the High-level Committee on Management on harmonization of business practices was given on 5 February 2013.
CEB also made further progress in improving the sharing of information on its work through its website (www.unsceb.org). A new release of the CEB website was launched in March 2013, addressing points and requests raised by the various stakeholder groups that the website serves. Improvements were made in the general areas of content coverage, navigation and search, presentation and usability and performance.
One key improvement made during this period was in the presentation of United Nations system statistics. The roll-out of the harmonization of business practices financial statistics project resulted in an improved data definition, collection and visualization of organizations’ individual and collective revenue and expenditure data. Based on the success of this initiative, work also began on harmonizing the presentation of human resources and procurement aggregated statistics data. These new sections will be introduced in the course of 2014 and leverage recent developments within the United Nations system in the area of data visualization.
In addition, the directory of senior officials was migrated from the United Nations system extranet to the CEB website in December 2013. This move was supported by a revision of the data, the collection of focal points within each organization and a decentralized publishing workflow.