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The 2007 Operational Activities Segment took place on 10 ‑ 13 July 2007 at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva. It provided a platform for all organizations of the UN system to promote coordination and guidance to ensure that the policies formulated by the General Assembly, particularly the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of operational activities of the UN system, are appropriately implemented on a system-wide basis.

The Segment marked the review of the full implementation of General Assembly resolution 59/250 of 2004. In preparation of the 2007 TCPR, ECOSOC reviewed to what extent and in what ways the UN development system provides efficient and effective support to developing countries to realize their national development priorities and achieve the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs), including the MDGs.

The objectives of the 2007 Operational Activities Segment were to:

(a) provide the United Nations system with cross-sectoral coordination and overall guidance on a system-wide basis, including priorities and strategies, in implementation of the policies formulated by the General Assembly in the field of operational activities;

(b) monitor the division of labour between and cooperation within bodies of the United Nations system, including field coordination, and make appropriate recommendations to the Assembly as well as providing guidance to the system;

(c) review and evaluate the reports of the work of the development funds and programmes, including the assessment of their overall impact, with a view to enhance the operational activities of the United Nations on a system-wide basis;

(d) undertake preparatory work for the TCPR;

(e) review the operationally relevant recommendations of the subsidiary bodies of the Council and other relevant bodies in light of policies established by the Assembly, in order to incorporate them, as appropriate, into the operational activities of the UN; and

(f) provide orientation and recommendations to the relevant inter-agency coordination mechanisms to support and enhance their role.

For more information, please contact Ms. Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa, Programme Officer, Development Cooperation Policy Branch (