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UN coherence at UNICEF

UNICEF and UN Reform

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The ambition of the 2030 Agenda and the 2016 QCPR resolution underline the importance of new and innovative approaches by the UN development system to demonstrate efficiencies in the delivery of results.

Binding QCPR Resolutions

The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (or QCPR) is a UN resolution to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN’s development operations.

The latest Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) resolution was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2016 and provides the framework for the operational activities of the UN for the period of 2017-2020.

While the 2012 QCPR introduced the Standard Operating Procedures for operational effectiveness of the UN at country level, the 2016 QCPR was framed entirely using the Agenda 2030 goals.

The 2016 QCPR resolution reinforces principles around country-level coordination and a series of reforms at the global level. It is significantly shorter and more focused than the previous one, and more based on principles rather than process. The resolution aims to guide both the strategic planning and operational functioning of individual funds, programmes and specialized agencies - and the collective and collaborative actions undertaken by the UN development system via the UNDG (at HQ and Regional levels) and UNCTs (at country level).

 SG’s Big Vision for bigger results

The vision for UN presented by the Secretary-General, António Guterres through the reform aims to set an agenda for the next 30 years of UN’s work. Unlike previous reforms, this is the first time it will cut across prevention, peace & security, and development spheres all at once. Three main streams of SG’s reform are:

The process of reform is still ongoing. SG’s Proposals for the sustainable development pillar shared in December 2017 are being discussed within inter-agency forums and with member states.

The reposition proposals cover seven streams of work:

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UNICEF working 'within' UN

UNICEF will review its systems and organizational commitments to SDGs, and tune in some of our policies to respond to the reform.

Our engagement spans from facilitating coordination, enhancing coherence, sustaining collaboration and encouraging co-creation to achieve results for children that is sustainable and long term.

We fully support the SG’s reform proposals. We preserve humanitarian and human rights issues in the development reform agenda. We commit to strengthening UN’s support to government SDG priorities and data.

  • We will collaborate to develop UNDAFs that embrace integrated, cross-sectoral and capacity building approaches to sustainable development.
  • We commit to champion practical results through;
    o Shaping shared back-office and business operations, including a Business Operations
    o Strategy (BOS) in every UN country team.
    o Increasing focus on risk-reduction, crisis prevention and peacebuilding through our country programmes to strengthen mutual links between humanitarian and development.
    o Engaging in joint programmes and interventions with other agencies in relevant result areas.
    o Deepening engagement with private sector and other partners to achieve Agenda 2030.
    o Documenting successes and best practices of transformative collaborations with UN sister agencies.



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