In response to General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of United Nations operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the United Nations Development Group placed the highest priority on ensuring coherent implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review across the system with a firm focus on high-impact areas. The United Nations Development Group agreed on the first-ever common United Nations Development Group action plan for the quadrennial comprehensive policy review and several United Nations entities aligned their new strategic plans with the quadrennial comprehensive policy review both in timing and content.

As called for in Economic and Social Council resolution 2013/5, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Group and the High-level Committee on Management, developed a system-wide monitoring and reporting framework for the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, which is robust, evidence-based and cost-effective while imposing a minimum reporting burden on Governments and the United Nations system.

As called for in the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (General Assembly resolution 67/226, para. 140), the United Nations Development Group developed standard operating procedures as guidelines for the work of United Nations country teams in countries that choose to adopt “Delivering as one”. The standard operating procedures represent a key tool for operational coordination and effectiveness at the country level, and serve as a means to bring more coherence and better alignment between the policy directions set by Headquarters and the needs and corresponding implementation at the field level.

As part of the standard operating procedures, the United Nations Development Group and the High-level Committee on Management identified and prioritized a set of 36 measures to be undertaken by United Nations Headquarters to further support and advance the scope of options for country-level consolidated support services. These measures are consolidated in the plan of action for Headquarters and include initiatives in the areas of procurement, information and communications technology, human resources, logistics and transport, audit, finance and common premises.

In response to General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, which encourages Member States making non-core contributions to give priority to pooled, thematic and joint funding mechanisms applied at the global, regional and country levels, the United Nations Development Group launched the “Delivering Results Together” Fund as successor mechanism of the “Expanded ‘Delivering as one’ Funding Window”. The Fund supports high-performing United Nations programmes in low-income and lower middle-income countries that are implementing the “Delivering as one” approach and have established a functioning One United Nations Fund at the country level.

In response to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, which called upon the United Nations development system to pursue gender equality and the empowerment of women in country programmes, the United Nations Development Group agreed on common principles and standards for gender equality marker systems. The United Nations Development Group issued guidance on gender equality marker systems to all United Nations country teams, which will guide the development of an effective and coherent approach for tracking resources that support the achievement of gender equality results, and will allow system-wide reporting on funds contributing to the promotion of gender equality. 

As called for in the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, the United Nations Development Group made it a priority to further improve the effective functioning of the resident coordinator system. To this effect, the United Nations Development Group strengthened the Resident Coordinator Assessment Centre to ensure that the profiles of resident coordinators are better aligned with the needs, priorities and challenges of programme countries. The new quadrennial comprehensive policy review mandates were reflected in the United Nations country team code of conduct and working relations guidance, which is a central tool for strengthening mutual accountability of the resident coordinator system at the country level.

In response to a request from the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 2013/5 and as called for in General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, the United Nations Development Group reached a landmark agreement on a centralized funding modality in support of the resident coordinator system at the global, regional and country levels. The funding modality is based on system-wide cost-sharing among all United Nations Development Group member organizations and entered into effect on 1 January 2014. It seeks to ensure that resident coordinators have the necessary, stable and predictable resources to effectively fulfil their mandates.