The UNDG serves as a high-level forum for joint policy formation and decision-making.
It agrees on the UNDG strategic priorities and work plan and endorses all formal UNDG guidance, policy papers and position statements, in close consultation with the other pillars of the CEB.
The UNDG shall convene three to four times a year under the chairmanship of the UNDG Chair. The UNDG shall be composed of senior representatives, preferably at the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) / Assistant Director-General (ADG) level, designated by the executive heads of UNDG member entities. UNDG representatives shall be entrusted by their executive heads to take decisions on their behalf. Normally, there shall be one representative from each UNDG member entity who may be accompanied by an organizational expert for substantive presentation and discussion.
Decisions of the UNDG shall be binding across the UNDG working mechanisms.
DOCO (The UN Development Operations Coordination Office) assists the UNDG Chair in preparing the UNDG agenda, arranging the meetings, preparing the meeting reports and ensuring the UNDG Working Groups, Regional UNDG Teams, and Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams are informed of the decisions and views of the UNDG. DOCO also facilitates the link with the CEB Secretariat on work planning and reporting to the CEB.