At the global level, the UNSDG serves as a high-level forum for joint policy formation and decision-making. It guides, supports, tracks and oversees the coordination of development operations in 165 countries and territories.

The results of the UNSDG are organized according to the UNSDG strategic priorities and strategic approaches, capturing what we do and how we do it.

The UNSDG current strategic priorities are: Support countries in accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; Support national partners in implementing human rights obligations and integrate human rights principles and international standards into the work of the UN and; Help build resilient societies and deliver effective support for sustainable recovery in crisis and post-crisis countries.

The UNSDG current strategic approaches are: Promote coherent development results across the entire UN development system to improve transparency and accountability; Functioning of the Resident Coordinator system as participatory, collegial and mutually accountable; Accelerate simplification and harmonization of business practices; Develop effective partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement; Strengthen capacity development as a core function of the UN development system and; Enhance integrated planning, programming and policy.

The implementation of the UNSDG strategic priorities and work plan is driven by a core set of working mechanisms – working groups and task teams – with focus on fostering system-wide norms, standards, and policies, as well as operational effectiveness.

The UNSDG meets twice a year under the chairmanship of the UNSDG Chair. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, chairs the UNDG on behalf of the UN Secretary-General. The UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner, serves as Vice-Chair of the Group.

The Group is composed of the executive heads of UNSDG member entities. The UNSDG Vice-chair also convenes the UNSDG Core Group comprised of DESA, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, WHO, the rotating chair of the Regional Economic Commissions, and the chairs of the UNSDG Strategic Results Groups. 

UNSDG

The United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) unites the 34 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies, departments and offices that play a role in sustainable development.

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Governance

The UNSDG became one of the three pillars of the UN system Chief Executives Board for Coordination in 2008 to enhance the coherent development of policies for the UN system in the field of international cooperation. Since then, the UNSDG represents the high level committee on country-level operations, next to the two existing Chief Executives Board pillars.

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UNDG Working Groups

The implementation of the UN Development Group strategic priorities and work plan is driven by a core set of working mechanisms – working groups and task teams – with focus on fostering system-wide norms, standards, and policies, as well as operational effectiveness.

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UN Development Operations Coordination Office

The UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UN DOCO) is the secretariat of the UNDG providing technical and advisory support to its members. It brings together the UN development system to promote change and innovation to deliver together on sustainable development.

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