The UNDG is chaired by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the UN Secretary-General. Mr. Achim Steiner has been appointed as new UNDP Administrator for a term of four years. His expected start date is 19 June 2017.

The UNDG Chair reports to the Secretary-General and the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination on progress in implementing the UNDG Strategic Priorities and on the management of the Resident Coordinator System. The UNDG Chair is supported by a rotational UNDG Vice-Chair from a non-New York based UNDG member entity. Mr. Amir Mahmoud Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme currently serves as UNDG Vice-Chair.