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Deputy Secretary-General Updates Member States

Deputy Secretary-General Updates Member States

The UN Secretariat is currently making the planned transition to the new Resident Coordinator (RC) system, but there is a funding gap for the system after 2019, UN Member States informed. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed briefed governments on the state of the United Nations development system reforms, noting that the 1% coordination fee would help fill the funding gap in the UN system. United. CR revitalized.

The meeting was held on May 3, 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States. Mohammed said that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Development Activities “is operational” and actively supports reference centers. She said the Secretariat would strengthen the focal points with the necessary tools and expertise, which is possible thanks to the support of all Member States, especially those who have contributed to the Trust Fund.

Regarding the funding gap, Mr. Mohammed said that the 1% coordination fee would be operational by June 2019. She said he looked forward to the United Nations Member States approving the financing pact for the year to come. session of the operational activities of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), convened from 21 to 23 May 2019. The United Nations Member States called for the conclusion of the financing pact.

In its resolution 72/279, the United Nations General Assembly responded to the call by the Member States for comprehensive approaches in the framework of UN General Assembly Resolution 2016 on the quadrennial comprehensive review. policies (71/243). As a non-binding instrument for the voluntary accession of governments and other donors, the Pact aims to provide the necessary financial support to align the United Nations development system with the 2030 Agenda.

After a series of funding dialogues between governments and the United Nations Group for Sustainable Development (UNDG), the pact was finalized in March 2019. The 15-page document presents concrete actions on both sides, by the UN Member States and all GNSS. entities, and contains a set of commitments with relevant indicators to measure the compliance of each. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, on behalf of the United Nations Development Working Group, will present the Compact, in addition to its annual report, to the Economic and Social Council for consideration by the OAS.

Mohammed also announced that common premises would become the norm and that United Nations country teams would be in place by 2021. She explained that the new generation of the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF), renamed United Nations cooperation for sustainable development, or “frameworks for cooperation”, will be developed in collaboration with national governments to inform country programs of United Nations agencies – not the other way around. She added that the Secretariat planned to reorganize the selection criteria for resident coordinators, as the current system does not fully represent the skills required for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including gender and geographical distribution.

Mohammed also informed governments that the Secretariat had conducted a thorough review of the cluster offices. The review pointed out that recruiting RCMs operating in child care operations will be crucial as they require sufficient skills. These RCs will have clear lines of reporting and clear responsibilities, and the Secretariat will seek to increase OCO funding through existing mechanisms, such as the 2030 Agenda Fund, without affecting the regular budget. She announced that the Secretariat would establish an MCO in the North Pacific and consider an additional presence in the Caribbean.

Regarding the UN’s regional assets, the Deputy Secretary-General said that she had conducted a highly consultative process, visiting or consulting all regions and that steps would be taken to ensure better reporting of regional results. In addition, a joint steering committee for collaboration between humanitarian aid and development is being put in place to place development at the center of discussions on humanitarian interventions and peace.

Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.