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Delivering as One High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence. Briefing for UN Country Teams. Overview of the presentation. The High-level Panel: Mandate and Composition The Panel Process: Focus on consultation The Panel’s “Case for Reform” The Panel’s Recommendations Follow-up process.

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Delivering as one high level panel on un system wide coherence

Delivering as One High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence

Briefing for UN Country Teams


Overview of the presentation
Overview of the presentation

  • The High-level Panel: Mandate and Composition

  • The Panel Process: Focus on consultation

  • The Panel’s “Case for Reform”

  • The Panel’s Recommendations

  • Follow-up process


This presentation summarizes the content of the High-level Panel’s Report

and does not intend to put forward any interpretation of, or comments on, the findings or recommendations

contained in the Report.


Mandate of hlp panel
Mandate of HLP Panel Panel’s Report

  • 2005 World Summit invites Secretary-General to “launch work to further strengthen the management and coordination of UN operational activities” (in the field of environment, humanitarian assistance and development)

  • SG also requests HLP to make recommendations on how gender equality perspectives could be better addressed in UN’s work


Hlp panel composition
HLP Panel Composition Panel’s Report

  • February 2006: SG appoints High-level Panel on UN system-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment

  • Highest-level UN Panel “ever”: members include 3 Prime Ministers, 2 former Presidents and 10 high ranking experts (incl. 2 UN ex-officio members)


The HLP Panel Process Panel’s Report

Meet, consult, meet, consult, draft, re-draft, meet, re-draft, meet, re-draft, …


How can the UN System Panel’s Report most effectively respond to the challenges of the 21st century?Are we still meeting the expectations of countries and peoples?

The Panel Process- Guiding Questions -


The case for reform why now
The Case for Reform Panel’s Report - Why now? -

Significant challenges ahead …

  • Unprecedented global change

  • MDG deadline close

  • Increase in victims of natural disasters

  • Environmental threats on the rise

    … but


The case for reform why now1
The Case for Reform Panel’s Report - Why now? -

… also windows of opportunity

  • Reform momentum of the 2005 Summit

  • Millennium Declaration, Monterrey, Paris Declaration

  • Increases in ODA – to be spent wisely


Expected roles of the un
Expected roles of the UN Panel’s Report

  • Trusted partner with the capacity to act as convener and neutral broker

  • Guardian of norms and standards

  • Value of ‘different voices’, speaking out on themes or in specific sectors

  • Advocate for “sensitive” issues

  • Operational/Technical Assistance

Not fulfilled

Instead…


Instead the panel found a un system characterized by
… instead the Panel found a UN system characterized by Panel’s Report

  • Fragmentation at country, regional and global level

  • High transaction costs for both national partners and donors

  • Inadequate and unpredictable funding, undermining UN’s multilateral character


Figure 2: Panel’s Report Contributions to the UN system’s operational activities for development (core and other resources)


Hlp recommendations underlying principles
HLP Recommendations Panel’s Report -- Underlying Principles --

  • National ownership and people-centered approaches

  • Core comparative advantage

  • Maximum effectiveness and accountability


Development
Development Panel’s Report

The Panel recommends the establishment of One UN at country level, with one leader, one programme, one budget and, where appropriate, one office

… but how?


The how of the one un
The “How” of the One UN Panel’s Report

  • Establish five One UN pilots by 2007 (20 by 2009, 40 by 2010 and all other “appropriate” countries by 2012)

  • Enhance RC authority to lead the One Country Programme (matched by clear accountability)

  • UNDP to consolidate and refocus its operational work

  • UNDP to establish an institutional firewall between management of RC system and its programmatic role


Humanitarian assistance
Humanitarian Assistance Panel’s Report

The Panel calls for …

  • Stronger partnership arrangements between the UN, national governments, IRC/ICM and NGOs

  • Full funding for CERF (target: $ 500 million)

  • Clarify mandates for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs)

  • UNDP lead on early recovery

  • Greater investment in risk reduction


Environment
Environment Panel’s Report

The Panel calls for …

  • Stronger role for UNEP: “Real authority as the environmental policy pillar of the UN”

  • Independent assessment of international environmental governance

  • Strengthened GEF


C ross cutting issues
C Panel’s Report ross-cutting issues

The Panel calls for …

  • A stronger voice for gender equality and women’s empowerment – creation of a dynamic, fully and ambitiously funded gender entity

  • Clarify responsibilities for Human Rights

  • Greater focus on Sustainable Developmentin UN country activities – partnership between UNEP (normative) and UNDP (operational)


Funding
Funding Panel’s Report

The Panel calls for …

  • Full, multi-year core funding for agencies committed to reform

  • One Country Programme to be consolidated within a single budgetary framework with two funding sources


Governance at inter governmental level
Governance Panel’s Report -- at inter-governmental level --

The Panel calls for …

  • A high-level forum for strategic guidance on sustainable development policy and global public goods (L-27)

  • A UN Sustainable Development Board to provide oversight of the “One UN” at country level


Governance at organizational level
Governance Panel’s Report -- at organizational level --

The Panel calls for …

  • A new Development Coordinator

  • A new UN Development Policy and Operations Group to support “One UN” at country level

  • Chief Executives Board (CEB) to review its functions


Governance at regional and national level
Governance Panel’s Report -- at regional and national level --

The Panel calls for …

  • Regional level: (a) reorganization of UN regional setting around two functions, and (b) co-location and standardization of regions among all UN entities

  • National level: (a) “all-of-government” approach, and (b) benchmarks for good multilateral donorship


Business practices
Business Practices Panel’s Report

The Panel calls for …

  • Harmonized business practices

  • Independent evaluation mechanism

  • Updated and harmonized human resource policies (incl. greater staff mobility)


Hlp follow up process
HLP Follow-up Process Panel’s Report

  • Inter-governmental: SG to transmit report to UN General Assembly for inter-governmental follow up (GA Working Groups, governing bodies, TCPR)

  • Inter-agency: Report expected to be on agenda of first CEB meeting of incoming SG (Spring 2007)

  • SG has requested UNDG to go ahead with 5 “One UN” pilots and strengthening of RC system


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