Since the adoption of the 2007 triennial comprehensive policy review, substantial progress has been made in developing the necessary policy frameworks to strengthen the effectiveness of United Nations operations in support of countries in transition from relief to development. Those frameworks, which include policy on the integration of efforts, are set out in the report of the Secretary-General on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict (A/63/881-S/2009/304).

Eighteen integrated strategic frameworks are now in place to foster coherence among United Nations actors on the ground towards agreed and common strategic goals. The United Nations Development Group also continued to enhance support to strengthen the strategic planning capacity of resident coordinators and United Nations country teams. This enhanced support contributed towards: (a) ensuring that United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks and integrated strategic frameworks are based on national priorities, focused and integrating the work of peacekeeping and special political missions and United Nations country teams; (b) better programming, with an increasing number of joint programmes being undertaken with the peacekeeping and special political missions; and (c) better services provided to the United Nations country team and Governments.

During the reporting period, the United Nations Development Group continued its support to the implementation of post-conflict needs assessments as called for by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/208, including by taking steps to enhance the capacity of the United Nations system, the World Bank, the European Union and multilateral development banks on the post-conflict needs assessment methodology through training of experienced practitioners to be deployed to support countries, at their request.