Better results for everyone. Everywhere.
Our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet. The 2030 Agenda requires bold changes to the UN development system (UNDS) 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.
A Decade of Action to Deliver the SDGs
“It was about us becoming fit for purpose to carry the 2030 Agenda. This is a whole of society pitch to try to make everyone’s life matter and be included in the development process.”
Repositioning the UN development system
The Cooperation Framework is designed to be the primary instrument for planning and implementation of the UN development activities at country level in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Cooperation Framework now guides the entire programme cycle, driving planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of collective UN support for achieving the 2030 Agenda. As such, the framework captures country needs and tailors the UN development system (UNDS) response and presence on the ground. The guidance improves upon exiting levels of coordination, efficiency and transparency within the UNDS.
The Management and Accountability Framework (MAF) is a foundational piece in reinvigorating the Resident Coordinator system intended to provice clear and unambigous framework for management, oversight responsibilities and accountability lines within the UNDS at the global, regional and country levels. MAF operationalizes the dual accountability system that lies at the heart of the new RC system towards UN entities and Resident Coordinators. The country chapter has been finalized and is currently being rolled-out. The regional and global chapters are under preparation. The full MAF will be revisited later this year to ensure its alignment with the other pieces of the reform (e.g. regional review) and to accommodate lessons learnt from implementation, as necessary.
The sum of our work is greater than its parts
One of the main changes of the development system reform is a new generation of UN country teams (UNCTs), with roles and profiles tailored to the context, and that deliver shared results, and with clearer and more robust lines of accountability, from UNCTs to host governments, from the Resident Coordinator (RC) to the Secretary-General, as well as between RC and heads of UN entities at the country level. “The sum of our work is greater than its parts,” says Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. Here’s what the Heads of UN Agencies say about the Development Reform.
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.
“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
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.
SDG resources across the UN
Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - 17 Goals to Transform Our World. Campaigns. Advocacy. Partnerships. SDGs are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
United Nations Sustainable Development Group - The United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) unites the 40 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies, departments, and offices delivering together for sustainable development.
UN Secretariat for SDGs - Helping governments and stakeholders make the SDGs a reality, providing substantive policy support and capacity-building for the goals and their related thematic issues. The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) acts as the Secretariat for the SDGs.
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