During the reporting period, the United Nations development system actively promoted the building and strengthening of the relationships between headquarters and country teams in order to enhance coordination in crisis and post-crisis related processes. The United Nations Development Group engaged in both global and country-specific policy decisions by:

  • contributing to the reports of the Secretary-General and to the considerations of his Policy Committee;
  • participating in the development and implementation of the integrated mission planning process, as well as the development of the integrated strategic framework;
  • participating in integrated task forces and collaborating with the Peacebuilding Support Office on matters concerning the Peacebuilding Fund and peacebuilding strategies;
  • launching a post-conflict needs assessment toolkit and successfully applying an updated post-conflict needs assessment methodology in Georgia; and
  • supporting integrated assessment and planning processes in over 20 crisis and post-crisis countries, through training programmes and the financing of strategic planners.

With the aim of reducing transaction costs for partner countries and increasing coherence in and the impact of the assistance provided, the United Nations and the World Bank in October 2008 agreed on a partnership framework for crisis and post-crisis situations. The partnership framework will be operationalized through the United Nations Development Group-World Bank operational annex to the agreement and the fiduciary principles accord. In September 2008, the European Commission, the United Nations system and the World Bank also signed a joint declaration on post-crisis assessments and recovery planning. The declaration provides a common platform for partnership and action, which is central to the delivery of an effective and sustainable international response to disaster and conflict-related crises.