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The UNDG 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 UNDG represents the high level committee on country-level operations, next to the two existing Chief Executives Board pillars.

The United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination is the main instrument for supporting and reinforcing the coordinating role of the United Nations intergovernmental bodies on social, economic and related matters. It carries out its role through three mechanisms:

  • The High-Level Committee on Programmes, promotes policy coherence and system-wide cooperation, coordination and knowledge sharing in strategic programme areas.
  • The High-Level Committee on Management, identifies and analyzes administrative management reforms with the aim of improving efficiency and simplifying business practices.
  • The United Nations Development Group, responsible for coordinating UN operational activities at the country level.

The UN system Chief Executives Board brings the executive heads of UN organizations together on a regular basis under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General.

The Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities for Development

The UN Development Group derives its mandate from the Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, a General Assembly resolution that serves as an important instrument for the monitoring and the assessment of UN development operations.

The General Assembly oversees the work of the UN Development Group and many of its member entities through its Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee). This committee deals with issues relating to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, globalization and interdependence, operational activities for development, and information and communication technologies for development.

Through its Second Committee, the General Assembly conducts a Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system. This resolution responds to the mandate defined by:

  • The General Assembly, which establishes key system-wide policy orientations for the development cooperation and country-level modalities of the UN system; and
  • The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which provides coordination and guidance to the UN system to ensure that those policies are implemented.

Through the Comprehensive Policy Review, the General Assembly provides the formal intergovernmental mandates that guide the work of the UN Development Group.