The Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark, provided an overview of global UNDG developments by presenting the report of the UNDG meeting of 21 February 2013 and the UNDG Strategic Priorities for 2013-2016. The Chair presented the UNDG Strategic Priorities 2013-2016, noting that these were aligned with the QCPR and would give direction to the joint efforts of the UNDG at the global, regional and country level to facilitate a step change in the quality and impact of UN support at the country level. In order to deliver effective support to countries for sustainable, equitable and accountable development, the UNDG would focus on four substantive areas: (1) Accelerating achievement of the MDGs and internationally agreed development goals; (2) facilitating broad-based engagement in the global dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda; (3) supporting sustainable recovery in crisis and post-crisis countries; and (4) strengthening support for national capacity development and development effectiveness. The Chair noted that instilling a robust results culture across the system would be key to achieving these objectives and that the UNDG had recently made promising progress in this regard, resulting in a shift of emphasis from planning together to delivering joined-up results. Enhanced focus and support for South-South and triangular co-operation would also be an important element of UNDG’s strategy in this context. In terms of entry points for introducing the next generation of reform instruments, the Chair noted that the UNDG was planning to develop new UN Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAFs) in over 100 countries in the next four years, which presented the UN development system with a unique opportunity to strategically reposition itself.
The Board took note of progress and endorsed the UNDG report and the UNDG Strategic Priorities for 2013-2016 (Annex II).