What is the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR)?

The QCPR is the mechanism through which the General Assembly assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of UN operational activities for development and establishes system-wide policy orientations for the development cooperation and country-level modalities of the UN system in response to the evolving international development and cooperation environment.

The QCPR is the primary policy instrument of the General Assembly to define the way the UN development system operates to support programme countries in their development efforts.

The General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 a landmark resolution (71/243) on the QCPR of UN operational activities for development. The resolution is the culmination of two months of intensive intergovernmental negotiations underpinned by an over 18-month ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. The Dialogue benefited from comprehensive analytical preparations supported by DESA and UN system entities, as well as recommendations by Member States, an Independent Team of Advisers to the ECOSOC Bureau and the Secretary-General in consultation with the UN development system.

The 2016 QCPR resolution guides the UN development system towards supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and continues the work of the 2012 QCPR resolution towards an effective, efficient and coherent UN development system.