Tags: The Story behind the Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One
Following the World Summit of 2005, where the need for UN reform was given new impetus, the Secretary-General established the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence in 2006. In its report, entitled “Delivering as one,” the Panel presented a series of recommendations aimed at, among other issues, strengthening the work of the UN in partnership with host Governments and its focus on results. The Panel also recommended that the UN should accelerate and deepen reforms to establish unified UN country teams (composed of representatives of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and other UN entities accredited to a given country) with a capacity to provide a coherent approach to cross-cutting issues.
Piloting the ‘Delivering as One’ approach
In 2007, eight countries volunteered to pilot the “Delivering as one” approach, innovating new approaches to coherence at the country level. The pilot programme countries were Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam.
In 2010 and 2011, pilot programme countries undertook country-led evaluations. An independent evaluation of lessons learned from the “Delivering as one” pilot phase was completed in 2012.
In parallel, the new approaches were regularly reviewed in annual high level intergovernmental conferences on “Delivering as one,” subsequently welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolutions 63/11 and 64/289 on system-wide coherence.
The voluntary adopters of the ‘Delivering as One’ approach
The eight pilot programme countries were also joined by a steadily growing number of voluntary adopters.
In his Five-Year Action Agenda for his second term, the Secretary-General included a call to “launch a second generation of “Delivering as one,” which will focus on managing and monitoring for results, ensuring increased accountability and improved outcomes”.
In its resolution 67/226, the General Assembly, in the section on “Delivering as one” of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, requested
“the United Nations system to build on the best practices and lessons learned in implementing “Delivering as one” by a number of countries and to further consolidate the process by clearly outlining the core elements of each of the “ones”, based on lessons learned, including by formulating standard operational procedures as guidelines for the successful work of the United Nations country teams in ‘Delivering as One’ countries, as well as for other countries that consider joining ‘Delivering as one,’ and to report on this process and standard operating proce – dures to the Economic and Social Council during its operational activities segment”.