The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is one of the three pillars of the UN Chief Executives Board. Within the CEB structure, UNDG deals with operational activities for development with a focus on country-level work. The following reports were submitted to the CEB at its regular sessions.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2017, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Helen Clark, opened the first UNDG meeting of 2017 by noting that this would be her last meeting as UNDG Chair. Ms. Clark noted she had advised the Secretary-General that she would be leaving UNDP, and hence also her role as UNDG Chair, at the end of her second term in April. Noting how much she had been enjoying her time at the helm of UNDP and the UNDG over the past eight years, Ms. Clark underlined that she was a strong believer in organizational change and the need for organizations to renew their leadership.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2016, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the first UNDG meeting of the year by introducing Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of WFP, in his new role as UNDG Vice-Chair as of 1 February 2016. The UNDG Chair noted that in his dual capacity as UNDG Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the UNDG Sustainable Development Working Group, Mr. Abdulla would help ensure that the UNDG further advances the integration agenda and working across the entire UN Charter with focus on how the UN system can best engage together in order to support and deliver on sustainable development results.

Report of UNDG meeting (October 2016, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Helen Clark, opened the third UNDG meeting of 2016 by extending a special welcome to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a new member of the UNDG. The addition of IOM brings UNDG membership to 32 UN entities and sixteen observers. By signing a relationship agreement with the United Nations Secretariat, which became effective on 19 September, IOM has joined the UN common system as a related organization. IOM has become a member of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Co-ordination (CEB), and in turn a member of the UNDG, the Regional UNDG Teams, and UN Country Teams.

Report of UNDG meeting (June 2016, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the second UNDG meeting of 2016 by noting that the midpoint of the year presented a timely opportunity for the UNDG to reflect on the results achieved to date and to determine the priorities for the second half of the year. The UNDG Chair noted that the UNDG had been pursuing two overarching priorities - supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and driving system-wide reform through implementation of the 2012 QCPR and by working with Member States in the context of the ECOSOC Dialogue on the preparations for the 2016 QCPR and the longer-term positioning of the UN development system.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2016, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the first UNDG meeting of the year by introducing Mr. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of WFP, in his new role as UNDG Vice-Chair as of 1 February 2016. The UNDG Chair noted that in his dual capacity as UNDG Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the UNDG Sustainable Development Working Group, Mr. Abdulla would help ensure that the UNDG further advances the integration agenda and working across the entire UN Charter with focus on how the UN system can best engage together in order to support and deliver on sustainable development results.

Report of UNDG meeting (October 2015, New York)

The UNDG welcomed the following UN entities as new UNDG observers: UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Volunteers (UNV), International Trade Centre (ITC), and the UN research and training institutes: UN University (UNU), UN System Staff College (UNSSC), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Report of UNDG meeting (June 2015, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the second UNDG meeting of the year by announcing that the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) had joined the UNDG as an observer, and welcoming Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs. The UNDG Chair expressed her appreciation for the ongoing support DPA had been providing to Resident Co-ordinators, including through their support peace and development advisers in RC offices. In view of RCs working in increasingly complex political and development settings, Mr. Feltman underlined the need for the entire system to support them and expressed DPA’s commitment to do its part within the UNDG.

Report of UNDG meeting (September 2013, New York)

Issues discussed at the session: Follow-up to ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment, including way forward for developing a comprehensive QCPR monitoring and reporting framework; Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One; Update on Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation; UNDG engagement on the post-2015 agenda; Update on UNDG engagement on post-2015 agenda; Update on UNDG Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (HRM) key activities; UNDG Gender Equality Marker Guidance Note.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2015, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the second UNDG meeting of 2016 by noting that the midpoint of the year presented a timely opportunity for the UNDG to reflect on the results achieved to date and to determine the priorities for the second half of the year. The UNDG Chair noted that the UNDG had been pursuing two overarching priorities - supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and driving system-wide reform through implementation of the 2012 QCPR and by working with Member States in the context of the ECOSOC Dialogue on the preparations for the 2016 QCPR and the longer-term positioning of the UN development system.

Report of UNDG meeting (February 2015, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the first UNDG meeting of the year by highlighting that 2015 would be a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda by finding synergies across the big global processes and outcomes around the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York, and the Climate Change COP21 in Paris.

Report of UNDG meeting (October 2015, New York)

The UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, opened the third UNDG meeting of the year by recognizing Ms. Flavia Pansieri who will be retiring from her position as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Vice-Chair of the UNDG at the end of the year. The members of the UNDG joined the UNDG Chair in thanking Ms. Pansieri for her leadership and contributions within the UNDG and throughout her accomplished UN career.

Further Information

Please note that UNDG maintains its own website, on which you may find more detailed information relating to country-level coordination and development activities: http://www.undg.org

CEB Country-Level Themes