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The Director-General participates in newly formed Advisory Group to UNDG

On 30 July 2008, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, participated in the first meeting of the newly formed Advisory Group to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), which was created by the various reform measures put in place by the Chief Executives Board (CEB).

Chaired by the Administrator of UNDP, Mr Kemal Derviş, the Advisory Group represents a select group of 13 Executive Heads (G-13). UNESCO has been selected as a non-rotational member of this group together with: UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, ILO, FAO, WHO, UNIDO, and UNHCR. UNEP, OHCHR, and UN-ECA (on behalf of the Regional Commissions) are part of the group on a rotational basis.

At its meeting, the G-13 adopted a document entitled “Outline of Management and Accountability concept behind the ‘functional firewall’ for the Resident Coordinator (RC) system”, including a governance and accountability table. Among others, it contains an agreed set of principles of how the RC system should function and operate in an accountable manner. The Group also discussed two specific issues: the reporting lines and thus “firewalling” of the UNDP country directors from the Resident Coordinator cum Resident Representative of UNDP; and the staffing of the new Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) in New York – previously called UNDG Office (UNDGO) - at the Assistant Secretary-General level. A second document, the RC System Management Framework, sets out all the various functions to be performed by the various actors involved at the country level and the related oversight arrangements.

The tasks assigned by CEB to the Advisory Group of UNDG (UNDG/AG) are to provide guidance to the Chair of UNDG in three main areas: coherence of country development operations; management of the RC system by UNDP, on behalf of the UN system; and support to UN country teams experiencing particular problems or challenges. The Advisory Group will provide strategic advice, although its decisions would not be binding to entities not present.

The first meeting of the full UNDG, designated as the third pillar of the CEB, will take place on 24 September 2008 in New York. According to its new terms of reference, the UNDG will deal with operational issues of the UN development system.

Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 101-2008 -  Publication Date: 01-08-2008

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