The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our boldest framework for advancing the well-being of humankind. Its soaring ambition — to ensure peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet — requires equally bold changes across the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action, to end poverty and hunger; to protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The Development System Reform process will mean significant changes to the setup, leadership, accountability mechanisms and capacities of the whole UN development system; ensuring it meets national needs. not only for implementing the SDGs, but also in meeting the climate change commitments made through the 2015 Paris Agreement.

More specifically, the reform gives Resident Coordinators – the most senior UN development officials at the country level – a dedicated, independent role in coordinating the activities of all the various UN entities working on behalf of people across the world locally, which make up UN Country Teams.

With the reform, the functions of the Resident Coordinator are now separated from those of the resident representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Three reform tracks to help the UN perform better

  • Position sustainable development at the heart of UN’s work, with the 2030 Agenda as our imperative for change
  • Recalibrate the Secretariat’s management framework to enable and support action, especially in the field
  • Improve the structure and operation of the peace and security pillar in UN HQ to better prevent and alleviate crises