Adapting to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda
The 2015 Operational Activities for Development Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) took place on 23-25 February in the ECOSOC Chamber. The segment serves as a key meeting place for stakeholders interested in operational activities for development of the UN system.
It 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 also contributed 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.
Ministers and high-level UN officials, including heads of agencies, funds and programmes, participated in the segment. The Deputy Secretary-General opened the segment with a keynote address, stating that the new development agenda required a UN system that is more agile and reduces transaction costs. He stressed that for the UN to be fit for purpose, the UN system will need to differentiate its response for different country contexts, improve its capacity to leverage partnerships, and strengthen coordination and collaboration within the system and with outside actors.
UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo introduced the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the QCPR. It was widely acknowledged that the UN system had made progress in implementing the resolution on QCPR but that there were gaps in implementation. There was a widely shared view that better implementation of the QCPR would improve efficiency and delivery; that the UN system must focus on its comparative advantage; that underscored that business as usual is not an option and that we are at a critical juncture and time is ripe for change.
It was emphasized that a clear mandate originating from the Post-2015 Summit Outcome document would add momentum to the ECOSOC dialogue, which will culminate in a comprehensive resolution in December 2016.
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