ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

8 - 12 July 2005

This session takes place after the conclusion of the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, which took place at the General Assembly in 2004 and led to the adoption of resolution 59/250. The implementation of that resolution calls for a number of actions that the organizations of the United Nations system are launching and will be presented at this session of ECOSOC through a report on the management process of that implementation. A number of operational reforms are being introduced by the United Nations funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other United Nations entities, with the intent of providing a key contribution to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.

The operational activities segment will be held from 8 to 12 July and will comprise of an interactive dialogue on operational activities for development of the United Nations system, a discussion on funding options and modalities to enhance financing of the United Nations development cooperation for the pursuit of a new development agenda, and a dialogue with Executive Heads of United Nations funds and programmes.

The Council will have before it, 3 main reports on: management process of implementation of the General Assembly resolution 59/250; funding options and modalities for financing operational activities for development of the United Nations system; and comprehensive statistical data on operational activities for development for 2003 (this report will be presented in a completely renewed format to provide better information on multi-year trends).

In addition, the Council will consider a programme of work on simplification and harmonization of processes that the members of United Nations Development Group (UNDG) are preparing in compliance with resolution 59/250. The implementation of that programme of work is expected to be completed in 2007.

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