Increasing the effectiveness and coherence of United Nations system activities at the country level
In the Summit Outcome, Member States reaffirmed their commitment to the global partnership for development set out in the Millennium Declaration, the Monterrey Consensus and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. They further stressed that each country must take primary responsibility for its own development, and that the role of national policies and development strategies is critical in the achievement of sustainable development. Such national efforts should be complemented by supportive global programmes, measures and policies. Member States resolved to ensure that the United Nations funds and programmes and the specialized agencies support the efforts of developing countries through the common country assessment and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework process, enhancing their support for capacity-building.
In its resolution on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (General Assembly resolution 59/250), the General Assembly placed, among the key priorities of United Nations reform, the increased effectiveness and coherence of United Nations system activities at the country level. It called on CEB to play a specific role in a number of areas, including capacity-building and evaluation.
A wide-ranging analysis of the capacity development efforts of the United Nations system is currently being pursued through a task force of HLCP and is being organized so as to maximize the use of the experience accumulated in this domain by each organization of the system. As regards evaluation, drawing on the valuable collaborative initiatives being pursued by the United Nations Evaluation Group, a policy statement is being developed which is intended to provide broad, common guidance to all concerned member organizations of CEB in supporting the evaluation function and to further encourage system-wide collaboration on evaluation.
Complementing the work of HLCP, a working group on non-resident agencies has been established by UNDG to address the request in resolution 59/250 for measures to ensure that all United Nations system agencies, including those with no or limited country presence, bring their expertise and accumulated analytical and normative experience to bear at the country level. The results of the work of this group will be followed up in both HLCP and UNDG, within their respective mandates, and will provide a useful bridge for intensifying collaboration between them.