Governments Adopt Four-Year Guidance to UN Development System | News | SDG Knowledge Hub

Governments Adopt Four-Year Guidance to UN Development System | News | SDG Knowledge Hub

The UN Common Meeting adopted a decision offering steering to the UN Improvement System for the following 4 years. The 2020 Quadrennial Complete Coverage Overview (QCPR) decision lays out how the UN system ought to be serving to international locations implement the 2030 Agenda and reply to COVID-19. 

The decision is the primary QCPR because the UN undertook a reform course of to “reposition” the UN improvement system and higher align its actions with the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The reforms have included: de-linking the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system from the UN Improvement Programme (UNDP) to make it “empowered and impartial;” establishing the UN Improvement Coordination Workplace (DCO) to help the RCs and UN Nation Groups; crafting a Funding Compact to enhance the standard and predictability of assets allotted to the UN improvement system, because the system in flip would improve its effectiveness, transparency, and accountability; growing help for regional-level actions; and creating the UN Sustainable Improvement Cooperation Framework (changing the UN Improvement Help Framework (UNDAF)), and using it for planning and implementing UN improvement actions on the nation degree in help of the 2030 Agenda.

Improvement our bodies ought to help international locations in addressing gaps and challenges recognized of their VNRs.

The 2020 QCPR covers the interval 2021-2024. After being negotiated within the UNGA’s Second Committee (Financial and Monetary) in late 2020, the UNGA took up the textual content in a plenary assembly on eight December 2020 and adopted it by a vote. 167 UN Member States voted “sure,” whereas the Russian Federation abstained.

The 2020 decision calls on the UN improvement system to additional mainstream the SDGs into planning, work, and reporting. Improvement our bodies must also help international locations to speed up the implementation, follow-up, and evaluate of the 2030 Agenda, together with by addressing the gaps and challenges recognized by voluntary nationwide critiques (VNRs). 

On COVID-19, the textual content requires improvement our bodies to “work in the direction of constructing again higher and a sustainable inclusive and resilient restoration which is people-centred, gender-sensitive and respects human rights, has a selected deal with the poorest, most susceptible and people furthest behind and protects the planet, achieves prosperity and common well being protection by 2030.” The decision emphasizes the necessity to enhance the UN system’s help to least developed international locations (LDCs), landlocked growing international locations (LLDCs), and small island improvement States (SIDS), in addition to African international locations. 

On local weather and the atmosphere, the QCPR calls upon the entities of the UN improvement system to: undertake and mainstream a extra climate- and environment-responsive strategy into their programmes and strategic plans; develop a system-wide strategy to scale back the operational local weather and environmental footprint; and be certain that operations and programmes are in line with low emissions and climate-resilient improvement pathways. UN Member States ask the Secretary-Common to develop a typical strategy to integrating biodiversity and ecosystem-based approaches for sustainable improvement into UN coverage and programme planning and supply.

Additionally within the decision, governments name for the UN improvement system to implement and report on the UN Incapacity Inclusion Technique, and to advertise concrete new avenues for the “full, efficient, structured, and sustainable participation of younger individuals within the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” [Draft resolution: Quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (A/C.2/75/L.61)] [SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of UN reform process] [UN reform website

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