Guiding Operational Activities for Development

Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review

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 QPCR is adopted every four years in the General Assembly. The most recent review took place in 2016, culminating in General Assembly resolution 71/243, which guides the UN development system’s support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and further builds on the 2012 QCPR mandates towards an effective, efficient and coordinated system.  The QCPR also encompasses the 2018 General Assembly repositioning resolution (72/279).

The UN Secretary-General leads the preparation for the QCPR resolution, with his report on its implementation, and a body of analytical work as background information in support of Member States’ deliberations.

The QCPR process was envisioned as a shared responsibility of the GA & ECOSOC, with ECOSOC conducting the informed review and the GA issuing the respective resolution to evaluate UN effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact and guide the system in supporting developing countries in implementing the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

The implementation of the QCPR is reviewed annually through the ECOSOC segment on Operational Activities for Development.

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment

Each year, ECOSOC’s Operational Activities for Development Segment reviews UN policies, including the implementation of the General Assembly’s quadrennial comprehensive policy review, which guides the UN development system’s work with countries around the world in making progress on all dimensions of sustainable development.

Governing boards of each entity manage their operations and they report to ECOSOC. In turn, ECOSOC provides overall guidance on system-wide issues to the UN development system, recognizing that poverty eradication and sustainable development issues are complex and interrelated, and the most effective responses are well coordinated. 

Under ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, Member States held an 18-month Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system to feed into the preparations for the 2016 QCPR resolution (A/RES/71/243), adopted on 21 December 2016.