The United Nations General Assembly has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system.
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 (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.
“We are on a journey together. A journey to implement the decision of the General Assembly to undertake the biggest transformation of the UN development system in history. A transformation process in the way we deliver on development with sustainability at its core. While reforms are about process, the transformation that we seek is about people. Our efforts are geared toward implementing policies who empower those furthest 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
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.
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