The General Assembly adopted on 21 December by consensus a landmark resolution (67/226) on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development. The resolution recognizes the value of improving linkages between operational activities and norms and standards such as freedom, peace, security and human rights and the importance of mainstreaming sustainable development into the mandates, programmes, strategies and decision-making processes of UN entities. There is also, for the first time intergovernmental recognition of the “Delivering as one” model though it remains a voluntary option.
GA resolution 67/226 represents a significant step in the reform of the UN development system. It was stated by one Member State at the time of the adoption of the resolution that “this legislation is a major confidence-builder in the UN development system”.
With regards to the “Delivering as one” model, member states in the QCPR request the UN development system to provide programme countries wishing to adopt the “Delivering as One” approach with an integrated package of support, comprising of Standard Operating Procedures and “Delivering as One” specific guidance on programming, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and other operational areas. The UNDG has finalized Standard Operating Procedures as overarching principles to ensure that “Delivering as one” is firmly focused on results, accountability, monitoring and evaluation and improved outcomes, based on the findings of the independent evaluation of lessons learned from “Delivering as one”. The UNDG is in the lead for organizing the implementation of “Delivering as one” in three parallel work streams:
- Support of the UNDG Working Mechanisms that are now tasked to develop the specific guidance required for each of the “Ones” of the “Delivering as one” model.
- Support of the UNDG, its Regional Teams and its constituent agencies, funds and programmes to implement important reform measures outlined in the Plan of Action for headquarters.
- Support of UN Country Teams rolling out the “Delivering as one” SOPs to enable them to do so fully successfully.
For further information, visit the UN-DESA QCPR (http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/2012qcpr.htm); UNDG “Delivering as one” (http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=7) and independent evaluation of “Delivering as one” (https://www.un.org/en/ga/deliveringasone/) websites.
The implementation of the reforms requested in the QCPR with a view on “Delivering as one” are guided by a clear vision and change strategy in order to allow countries to implement the “Delivering as one” approach fully and successfully and make “Delivering as one” firmly focused on national ownership and leadership, increased results and development outcomes, strengthened accountability, monitoring and evaluation, and reduced transaction costs.