Box 2.3: United Nations Development Group: Coordinating UN country-level support for the Millennium Declaration
The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is one of four Executive Committees established by the Secretary-General in the main areas of UN work, with the others focusing on peace and security, humanitarian affairs and economic and social affairs. Now expanded to include not only UN Programmes and Funds, but also a large number of specialized agencies, UNDG aims to improve the effectiveness and coherence of UN system activities at the country level.
It does so by developing policies and procedures to facilitate cooperation among member organizations in analyzing country issues, planning support strategies, implementing support programmes, monitoring results and advocating for change. Responsible for elaborating guidelines for the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UNDG is spearheading the effort to shape coordinated operational support to countries in meeting the MDGs.