Background

Ms. Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group briefed the Board on the ongoing activities of the Group and the outcome of the meeting of the Group held on 25 February 2015.

Discussion

The Chair of the Group highlighted that 2015 was an important year for sustainable development, given that Member States had the opportunity to set the future global agenda through a series of major conferences. These include the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York, the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris and the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
She noted that the Group had updated its strategic priorities 2013-2016 for the biennium 2015-2016, with a focus on: (a) achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda; (b) human rights; and (c) crisis and post-crisis transitions.
She also highlighted the initiatives taken over the past two years that had increased the impact of the development work of the United Nations System.

Action

The final report of the meeting of the United Nations Development Group was formally cleared by members of the Group after the CEB session and was subsequently shared electronically with and endorsed by the Board.