CEB reviewed the progress in the work of UN-Energy, UN-Water and UN Oceans. UN-Energy had established a family of practitioners across the system, produced five publications, and had become poised to play a major role in United Nations system issues management. UN-Energy’s efforts had contributed to the recognition that energy was a fundamental component in any discussion of economic integration, sustainable development and climate change. The impact of UN-Water’s coordination efforts at the country level was, in turn, having positive spin-off effects on the coordination of local government agencies as well as on the coordination of donors in terms of funding and investments within the country. Chief among UN-Oceans achievements was the United Nations Atlas of the Oceans, a web-based information system on oceans and marine development and management issues.
CEB also endorsed the nomination of Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), to assume the chairmanship of UN-Energy for the biennium 2008-2009, with Olav Kjorven of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Vice-Chairman.