Development Reform

Better results for everyone. Everywhere.

Our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet. The 2030 Agenda will require bold changes to the UN development system for the emergence of a new generation of country teams, centred on a strategic UN Development Assistance Framework and led by an impartial, independent and empowered resident coordinator.

Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary-General) on the Reform of the UN Development System.

On January 1st, the United Nations development system embarks on a reform journey of transformation. At the helm of this transformation is the new Resident Coordinator system, which puts countries at the forefront. Together, we will strengthen the 2030 Agenda at the country level. Achieving the SDGs everywhere is a promise we cannot afford to break. This is about serving people—everywhere—and about leaving no one behind.

Repositioning the UN development system

A new generation of United Nations country teams

  • UNDAF - United Nations Development Assistance Framework 

  • Multi-country office review

Reinvigorating the role of the resident coordinator system

  • Implementation plan for the inception phase

Revamping the regional approach 

Strategic direction, oversight and accountability for system-wide results

  • The system-wide strategic document

Funding the United Nations development system 

  • The Funding Compact and the Funding Dialogues

Following up on the repositioning efforts of the United Nations development system at the global, regional and country levels

A new vision for the resident coordinator

Views of resident coordinators. Hear from the Resident Coordinators, their thoughts and expectations of the Reform. Hear more stories.

With the reform, the functions of the resident coordinator are now separated from those of the resident representative of the UN Development Programme.

Photo of Secretary-General António Guterres

“You will be able to count on impartial and empowered Resident Coordinators – fully devoted to the needs that you require to fulfil the 2030 Agenda, drawing on experience, skills and knowledge across the system. Our teams on the ground will now be better able to tailor their presence, capacities, skillsets and overall response to your priorities”.

UN Secretary General António Guterres

Transition Team

The Transition Team, led by Gunilla Olsson of Sweden, provides strategic leadership and oversight to all aspects of the repositioning of the United Nations development system. The Transition Team reports to the Deputy Secretary-General and works closely with the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Reforms, Mr Jens Wandel.

Resources

  • Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the repositioning of the United Nations development system, May 2018 (A/RES/72/279) 1 June 2018

  • Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 20 December 2017: Operational activities for development of the United Nations system (A/RES/72/236) 18 January 2018

  • Report of the Secretary-General on repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet (A/72/684–E/2018/7) 21 December 2017

  • More reform proposals (Ask Dag)

  • Quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development (QCPR)
  • United Nations Development Group (UNDG)
  • Report of the Secretary-General on repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: ensuring a better future for all (A/72/124–E/2018/3) 11 July 2017

  • Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, 2018 (A/73/63–E/2018/8) 19 January 2018

New job openings at DCO

Several new positions have been created both at UN Headquarters in New York and in the regions, with the Development Coordination Office (DCO). DCO will be at the forefront of the efforts to ensure a more coordinated and collaborative contribution of the UN development system to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UN DOCO will carry out backstopping, managerial and oversight responsibilities for a global network of UN Resident Coordinators (RCs) and UN Country Teams working in some 170 countries and territories, and serve as secretariat to the UN Sustainable Development Group that sets strategic direction for the UN development system. Job requirements – education, experience and language skills – are specific to each position and are included in the job openings.

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The United Nations General Assembly has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system.

UNDS Reform 101

On 1st January 2019 the UN Reform of the development system will see transformative changes of the Resident Coordinator system, with country team operating with greater emphasis on integrated responses and accountability. This reform responds directly to the Agenda 2030, affecting every department, office and field operation engaged in development work. Learn more about the reform and how it will help countries around the world in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

UN Development System Reform 101

Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform

Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform