Guiding Operational Activities for Development

The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR)

The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) is the mechanism through which the General Assembly (GA) assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of UN operational activities for development and establishes system-wide policy orientations for the UN development system. The QCPR is the primary policy instrument of the GA to define the way the UN development system operates to support programme countries in their development efforts.

The QCPR process is envisioned as a shared responsibility of the GA and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with ECOSOC conducting a detailed review and the GA issuing the respective resolution to evaluate UN effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact and guide the system in supporting programme countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The QCPR resolution is adopted every four years by the General Assembly. The most recent review took place in 2020, culminating in the adoption of the 2020 QCPR resolution. This builds upon the previous 2016 QCPR and the recent UN development system reform (GA resolution 72/279). The preparations for the QCPR resolution are informed by the UN Secretary-General through his progress report on its implementation, as well as on a body of evidence-based analytical work as background information in support of Member States’ deliberations.

ECOSOC’s Operational Activities for Development Segment

The implementation of the QCPR is reviewed annually through the ECOSOC operational activities for development segment (OAS). Starting in 2019, the OAS also reviews the implementation of GA resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the UN development system.

The 2021 ECOSOC OAS will be held from 18 to 20 May 2021.