The UNDG Strategic Priorities 2013-2016 intend to maximize the collective impact of the UN development system in delivering effective support to countries through nationally-led and owned development processes:
- MDG achievement and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda: UNDG will focus on delivering effective support for accelerating sustainable, broad-based, inclusive and equitable achievement of the MDGs and the internationally agreed development goals and treaty obligations.
- Human Rights: UNDG aims to strengthen system-wide coherence and collaboration on human rights mainstreaming and provide policy and operational support to integrate human rights principles and international standards into the work of the UN, while supporting national partners implement human rights obligations.
- In crisis and post-crisis countries, the UNDG will provide coherent support to sustainable recovery through enhanced coordination among operational activities for development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding efforts of the UN system, in accordance with agencies’ respective mandates, and incorporation of needs and specificities of these countries in their development processes and programmes.
Promoting a UN system “fit for purpose”
The UNDG has identified the implementation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the need of being “fit for purpose” to support the implementation of the post-2015 agenda as strategic entry points for introducing the next generation of reform instruments:
- Implementation of the SOPs for “Delivering as one”: Over the next two years, the UN development system will strategically reposition itself in programme countries developing new UN Development Assistance Frameworks. The UNDG will seize this opportunity to encourage countries to adopt the Standard Operating Procedures for “Delivering as one” and to improve the UNDAF as a strategic framework in all countries.
- Positioning of the UN development system to optimally contribute to the post-2015 development agenda: In his report “The Road to Dignity by 2030”, the UN Secretary–General expressed the commitment of the United Nations system to make itself “fit for purpose” to respond to the challenges of the emerging post-2015 development agenda.
To ensure the United Nations development system delivers relevant, coherent, efficient and effective high-quality support to a diverse range of countries, the UNDG will use the following strategic approaches to accelerate system-coherence:
- Promote coherent development results across the entire UN development system to improve transparency and accountability: Based on the SOPs, the UNDG will strengthen joint programming processes and introduce clear and robust results frameworks.
- Functioning of the Resident Coordinator system as a participatory, collegial and mutually accountable. Ensure predictable and sustained funding for a cost-effective Resident Coordinator system based on system-wide cost-sharing by all UNDG member entities.
- Simplification and harmonization of business practices in conjunction with High Level Committee on Management: The UNDG will continue efforts to make programmes and operations more efficient, cost-effective, and transparent by reducing duplication, and administrative and transaction costs.
- Develop effective partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement: UNDG must look beyond what is possible through the UN’s architecture, resources, technologies and human capacities of today- to encompass more open spaces, larger networks and the ability to trigger coalitions for change.
- Strengthen capacity development as a core function of the UN development system: The UNDG will promote national capacity development, including “upstream” policy and programme advice, and supporting data and diagnostic activities, including systemic data disaggregation to advance equity and reduce vulnerability.
- Enhance planning, programming, and policy integration: The UNDG will promote a coherent and coordinated system-wide approach to render the UN system competent in contributing to a transformative development agenda. It will ground its work in cutting-edge analytics, while leveraging the expertise and capacities of all its organizations in support of sustainable development.