The networks of the High-level Committee on Management and the working groups of the United Nations Development Group collaborated closely during the reporting period to strengthen the coordination and information-sharing mechanisms between their respective constituencies. It was agreed that the consideration of issues that had system-wide implications would be coordinated through the High-level Committee on Management and its networks for purposes of comprehensive consideration and buy-in, while the United Nations Development Group would ensure guidance and support in regard to piloting solutions in countries and, more generally, for the requirements emerging at the country level.

A comprehensive stocktaking and prioritization exercise of the management-related initiatives included in their programmes of work was undertaken in 2008 by the High-level Committee on Management and the United Nations Development Group. An analysis of the activities of both bodies revealed that, although their work programmes often covered the same functional areas there was no real overlap in activities. This conclusion was further strengthened by the Committee’s focus on system-wide and inter-agency issues, whereas the United Nations Development Group focused on the operations and business practices of the United Nations development system at the country level.