Platform for dialogue on operational activities for development

ECOSOC_OperationalThe 2015 Substantive Session of ECOSOC: Operational Activities for Development Segment, will take place on 23-25 February at UN Headquarters in New York.

The segment serves as a key meeting place for stakeholders interested in operational activities for development of the UN system. The segment is mandated to provide guidance to the UN development system on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of operational activities of the UN system.

Operational activities of the UN system currently account for nearly two-thirds of all activities of the Organization. This year, discussions in the Operational Activities for Development Segment will also contribute to the recently started ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system, mandated in Council resolution 2014/14. The new ECOSOC Dialogue will take place over the next year and half with a view to informing the outcome of the next General Assembly resolution on the QCPR to be adopted in December 2016.

The Operational Activities for Development Segment provides also an annual venue for a dialogue of the Executive Heads of the funds and programmes with Member States. This year’s segment will also include sessions focusing on the opportunities and challenges facing the UN development system in: (a) advancing South-South cooperation, (b) strengthening the coherence of funding of operational activities and (c) enhancing the effectiveness of the UN system support for national capacity development in programme countries.

An important outcome of this year’s Operational Activities for Development Segment of ECOSOC will be an ECOSOC resolution providing guidance to the analytical preparations of the Secretary-General for the 2016 QCPR process.

For more information: United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)