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OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES SEGMENT

The 2012 operational activities segment took place during three full days from Friday, 13 July, through Tuesday, 17 July.

This year’s Segment focused on the preparations of the GA review of UN system operational activities for development (QCPR).  The Operational Activities Segment is also the place where Council exercises oversight of the funds and programmes and UN Women – which are “under the authority of the Council” ( A/RES/48/162 ). 

As in the past, the Segment included an opening session, thematic panels, a dialogue with Executive Heads of funds, programmes and UN women as well as a general debate.

The panels and general debate focused on the important themes identified in the QCPR preparations. They should be focused and fairly technical.  Some of the following themes were reflected in the panels:

  • Positioning of the UN system in a new development landscape
  • UN system funding
  • Challenges for the UN system in post conflict countries
  • The tools/instruments to improve coherence, including the UN Development Assistance Framework
  • The resident coordinator system
  • Efficient business operations
  • Mainstreaming South-South cooperation in the work of the UN system;
  • Gender dimensions
  • UN system’s support and adaption to the implementation of Rio+20 and the post-2015 agenda
  • Defining, managing and monitoring results in the UN context

The dialogue with Executive Heads focused on systemic issues within the remit of the QCPR and selected in consultation with participating funds, programmes and specialized agencies. The general debate provided an opportunity for Member States to make general statements on the QCPR.

The segment did not have a negotiated outcome: the practice has been that the segment does not adopt a resolution in the year when the GA conducts its QCPR.   

For information on the operational activities segment, please contact Mr. Jose Cruz-Osorio or Mr. Huanyu Liu, Development Cooperation Policy Branch, Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination.

Documentation

Report of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation on its seventeenth session (22-25 May 2012) (A/67/39, Supplement No. 39)

(a) Follow-up to policy recommendations of the General Assembly and the Council

Report of the Secretary-General on the independent comprehensive assessment within the framework of the comprehensive analysis of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 62/208

Report of the Secretary-General on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system

Report of the Secretary-General on the analysis of the funding of operational activities for development of the United Nations system for 2010

(b) Reports of the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Population Fund/United Nations Office for Project Services, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the World Food Programme

Report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services on its work during 2011 (E/2011/35, Supplement No. 15)

Report of the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and of the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services (E/2012/5)

Annual report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund on its first regular session of 2012 (E/2012/6)

Annual report of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme for 2011 (E/2012/14)

Reports of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund on the work of its first regular session (E/2012/34 (Part I)), its annual session (E/2012/34 (Part II)) and its second regular session (E/2012/34/Rev.1) of 2012

Report of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund on the work of its first regular session of 2012 – joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UN-Women and WFP (E/2012/34 (Part I)/Add.1)

Report of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme on the first and second regular sessions and annual session of 2011 (E/2012/36, Supplement No. 16)

Report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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