Helen Clark, United Nations Development Program administrator, shares with Devex insights on the post-2015 agenda. Photo by: Rick Bajornas / United Nations

How will the United Nations implement the post-2015 agenda in practice?

That was the key question on the table at a behind-closed-doors meeting of 29 U.N. specialized organizations chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The first session of the 2014 Chief Executives Board for Coordination, held a week ago at the International Fund for Agricultural Development's headquarters in Rome, was veiled in secrecy, with some meetings deemed inaccessible even to the U.N. staffers or “sherpas” who conducted the preparatory work for the CEB session.

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    Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.