To be eligible for UNDG membership, an entity must be:
- Member of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), in recognition of the fact that the UNDG is a subsidiary pillar of the CEB;
- Part of the UNDS as defined in the reports of the Secretary-General (i.e. it must receive contributions for operational activities for development);
- Fully engaged in the UNDG, and importantly in field operations through UNDAFs and UNCTs; and
- Contributor to the global UNDG cost-sharing arrangement in support of the Resident Coordinator system.
The following special provisions apply:
- UN entities that are classified as “Other Entities” in the UN system are also eligible for UNDG membership and are otherwise treated analogously to UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies;
- UN Secretariat departments and offices and the UN Regional Commissions, are eligible to become UNDG members in their own right, provided they are part of the UNDS;
- The International Organization for Migration (IOM), shall be invited to UNDG meetings when programmatic issues of common concern are discussed.
- UNDG working mechanisms at headquarters may decide to extend participation rights to additional UN entities that have a relevant role in the respective area of the associated working mechanism (i.e. Working Group or Task Team). The membership of the global UNDG shall remain unaffected by these arrangements.