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The United Nations has provided ongoing support to peace efforts in Papua New Guinea since the national Government and leaders of the autonomous region of Bougainville signed the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) in 2001. The BPA marked the end of a decade-long conflict in which almost 20,000 people died. The United Nations backed the original peace negotiations and subsequently established two special political missions, the United Nations Observer Mission in Bougainville (UNOMB) and the United Nations Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB).

The political landscape in Sudan changed dramatically in 2019, thanks to the courageous Sudanese men, women and young people who rose up to push for the realization of their long-held aspirations for democracy and peace. The drive for change in Sudan culminated in the establishment of a civilian-led government on 17 August 2019 and the launch of a process that provides a unique opportunity to achieve a just and comprehensive peace throughout the country. This has transformed the operational context for the United Nations System. After decades of humanitarian, peacekeeping and development support, the United Nations is entering a new phase of partnership with Sudan, including in Darfur.

In the face of mounting unrest in Burkina Faso, the United Nations System is mobilized to respond to security challenges using a wide range of tools in support of government. UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso, Ms. Metsi Makhetha, explains how prevention is a key element of the reform.

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This is the main message of UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment, where he briefed Member States on the progress of repositioning the UN development system. 

To establish a dialogue with heads of entity who received enhanced delegated authority from the Secretary-General on 1 January 2019, the Under-Secretaries-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) and for Operational Support (DOS) co-chaired two regional briefings, with support from their Assistant Secretaries-General in late January.

Built on the principles of results-based management, an accountability framework will enable heads of entity to demonstrate that they are exercising their delegated authority in a transparent, responsible and accountable manner.

Business Transformation and Accountability (BTA)—a critical pillar of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC)—is a shining example of innovative transformation afforded by the new management paradigm.

The launch of the new Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) on 1 January 2019 was a critical step in the path to make the Secretary‑General’s vision for a nimbler, more responsive United Nations a reality.

The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) now jointly oversee eight new regional divisions, each managing a mix of peacekeeping operations, special political missions and non-mission settings.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres emphasizes how the reforms will transform the work of the United Nations. “The aims of reform are clear: To focus more on people and less on process. To become more nimble and effective. And to build a workplace of equality, diversity and integrity."

24 Oct 2018 - In this brief interview, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Reforms, Mr. Jens Wandel of Denmark, introduces the three UN reform streams (Development, Management, and Peace and Security) as one “United to Reform” effort, all aimed at transforming the UN into a more effective, nimble and fit for purpose Organization, which can better serve its beneficiaries around the globe.

United Nations Secretary-General’s Informal Briefing to the General Assembly on the Implementation of the United Nations Reform.

In the face of mounting unrest in Burkina Faso, the United Nations System is mobilized to respond to security challenges using a wide range of tools in support of government. UN Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso, Ms. Metsi Makhetha, explains how prevention is a key element of the reform.

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system. This is the first of a series of reform initiatives being put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres to make the UN fit for purpose in a changing world.

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.