Note: As of 2012, the informal consultations on System-wide Coherence have been discontinued. However, many of the issues included in those consultations continue to be discussed in the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR). For the latest updates, please see our section on the QCPR.
66th SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
Harmonization of Business Practices: System-wide Coherence reform 2008 to Present
By Katie Jagel 23 April 2012
Harmonization of business practices was first introduced to the UN in 1977 within resolution 32/197 which resolved, “…measures should be taken to achieve maximum uniformity of administrative, financial, budgetary, personnel and planning procedures, including the establishment of [...] harmonized budget and programme cycles”. The idea made its resurgence as one of the five surviving clusters of the 2006 High Panel on system-wide coherence (SWC). In a 2009 outcome document from a joint meeting between the executive heads of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and WFP, it stipulates, “While simplification and harmonization of business practices in the UN system are not new initiatives, the urgency and momentum, the scope, and the approach are now new aspects of those initiatives.” ECOSOC has subsumed the initiative to a large degree, often with collaboration from the CEB, UNDG, and WFP, with progress shifting away from 'harmonization' and towards 'simplification' starting in 2010.
Improving the Funding System of Operational Activities for Development: System-wide Coherence 2008 to Present
By Katie Jagel 23 April 2012
Funding reform has been, and continues to be, a necessary reform to enhance UN efficiency. This article covers the progress of Funding as a cluster within system-wide coherence in 2008, to the present efforts of improving the funding system of operational activities for development taken on by the Fifth Committee, ECOSOC, UNESDA, and the CEB.
Strengthening Governance of Operational Activities for Development: System-wide Coherence 2008 to Present
By Katie Jagel 18 April 2012
Governance reform within the UN is one of the most active sites for comprehensive UN reform. Since 2006, simple ‘governance’ reform has transformed into the more formal “Strengthening Governance of Operational Activities for Development” and has been a fixture on several UN organ agendas. This article maps the efforts, debates, outcome documents, resolutions, since 2008 but focuses mainly, on the actual progress made by the UN on the governance front.
The “Delivering as One" (DaO) Initiative: System-wide Coherence reform.
By Katie Jagel 18 April 2012
This article is a summary of the Delivering as One initiative, monitoring the events which took place from inception up through implementation and subsequent evaluations. It tracks the events and debates which took place since 2008 up through the latest Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review planning documents, planned for late spring of 2012.
The Creation of a Composite Gender Entity: System-wide Coherence reform 2008-present.
By Katie Jagel 16 April 2012
The Creation of a Composite Gender Entity was one of the recommendations of the 2006 High-Level of System-wide Coherence. This article maps the progress of the making of UN Women since 2008. The years 2005-early 2008 are covered in the previous article by Jonas von Freiesleben in Chapter 3 on System-wide Coherence in the Center’s 2008 Edition of Managing Change at the United Nations . This article starts in 2008 and covers the Member State disputes, many concept notes and debates, and what the UN Women organization has been up to since its start date in February of 2011.
Report on Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) March 7th Special Panel Discussion on “ECOSOC and Global Governance”
By Katie Jagel, 21 March 2012
On March 7th ECOSOC hosted a Special Panel Discussion in New York centered around Global governance. The Discussion hosted three distinguished panelists and was designed by the President of ECOSOC, H.E. Miloš Koterec, as an 'open free-flowing discussion with no formal statements' between Member States and the panelists. Based on questions and statements from Member States, ECOSOC's role in global governance within the UN system is unquestioned but needs to be better defined and articulated in order for it to utilize its mandate as a 'logical platform and good compliment alongside the G20 and the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWI's)'.
63rd SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
Secretary-General Comments on System Wide Coherence
Report by Daniel Safran-Hon, 30 June 2009
The Secretary-General commented on the status of system wide coherence in an informal session of the General Assembly concerning the issue. Convened by the two Co-Chairs – Ambassadors of Namibia and Spain and taking place on the 22 June 2009, it was the last informal consultation on this issue during the 63rd GA and will be followed by bilateral and group discussions by the two Co-Chairs leading to a plenary meeting towards the end of the current GA session.
General Assembly President Appoints Facilitators for Upcoming Negotiations on System-wide Coherence
6 March 2009
In a short letter to Member States dated 20 February 2009, the President of General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann announced the appointment of Ambassador Kaire Mbuende of Namibia and Ambassador Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo of Spain as facilitators of the upcoming negotiations on System-wide Coherence.
System-wide Coherence – the 62nd GA Session and the Road Ahead
by Jonas von Freiesleben, 16 December 2008
The following analysis provides an update to chapter 3 on System-wide Coherence in “Managing Change at the United Nations,” and covers events pertaining to this issue during the 62nd General Assembly session, as well as a look ahead at what might come.
62nd SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
General Assembly Adopts Resolution on SWC: Key Issues to be Continued
17 September 2008
On Monday, 15 September 2008, Member States unanimously adopted a resolution on the process of System-wide Coherence. According to the text, the membership will continue its work on System-wide Coherence, while focusing exclusively on the issues of “Delivering as One,” harmonization of business practices, funding, governance, and gender equality & the empowerment of women.
Co-Chairs Issue Status Report on Progress Achieved During 62nd GA Session
21 July 2008
Co-Chairs, Ambassadors A. Mahiga of Tanzania and P. Kavanagh of Ireland released today their year-end status report on results achieved during the past GA session. Report is available via above link.
Co-Chairs to Deliver First Coherence Report Next Week, Gender Note Also Expected
by ReformtheUN.org, 18 July 2008
Delegates from the Asian Group of Member States met today for an advance briefing on the co-Chairs’ report on the first basket of System-wide Coherence issues.
Gender Coherence Discussions Move Toward Institutional Reform
by ReformtheUN.org, 26 June 2008
Member States decided last week (Monday, 16 June) to move toward discussions on institutional reform options for improved gender coherence, following the release of a preliminary concept note from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
CEB Proposes “Plan of Action” for Coherence of Business Practices
by ReformtheUN.org, 13 June 2008
Member States met today (Friday) 13 June to begin discussions on the business practice aspects of system-wide coherence following the presentation of a “Plan of Action” by representatives of the Chief Executives Board (CEB).
Member States Hear Preliminary Analyses of "Delivering as One" Pilots
by ReformtheUN.org, 12 June 2008
UN country teams, agencies, and national governments – along with the facilitators of Member State consultations – have undertaken two preliminary analyses of the “Delivering as One” reform initiative.
Member States Discuss Gender Aspects of System-wide Coherence
19 May 2008
Member States met on Friday, 16 May 2008, in an informal consultation to discuss the gender aspects of System-wide Coherence.
UN Development Group Releases Stocktacking Reports on the One-UN Project
22 April 2008
As the first implementation year of the “Delivering as One” pilots’ initiative is coming to an end, the UN Development Group (UNDG) has released informal end-of-the-year stocktaking reports. Reports available via above link.
Member States Discuss Governance and Institutional Reform
18 April 2008
Member States met on Thursday 17 April 2008 in a closed all-day meeting at the United Nations to discuss System-wide Coherence, and more specifically the issues of Governance and Institutional Reform.
Member States Discussing First Basket of System-wide Coherence Issues
by ReformtheUN.org, 14 April 2008
Member States have begun consultations on the first basket of System-wide Coherence issues. Delegates met on 28 March to discuss “Delivering as One at Country Level” and on 7 April to discuss funding structures across the UN.
Member States Meet to Discuss System-wide Coherence and the One-UN Project
1 April 2008
Member States met on Friday 28 March 2008 to discuss the issue of "Delivering as One at Country Level" (One UN) as part of the continuing discussion on System-wide Coherence.
Member States Move Towards a “Basket” Approach to System-wide Coherence
by ReformtheUN.org, 21 March 2008
Member States are moving towards a “basket” approach in negotiating the elements of UN System-wide Coherence, following recommendations by the Co-Chairs of the consultations.
Member States Resume Talks on the Future of the System-wide Coherence Process
by Jonas von Freiesleben, 12 February 2008
Member States met to discuss the issue of System-wide Coherence. The meeting was the first of its kind during this session of the General Assembly. The GA President, Sgrjan Kerim, and his two newly-appointed Co-Chairs, Ambassadors Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania and Paul Kavanagh of Ireland, presided over the discussions that focused on how to integrate and improve the fragmented UN development system. The following analysis looks at some of the main statements delivered at the meeting as well as the road ahead.
Letter of 11 January 2008 from the President of the General Assembly to All Member States on the Appointment of co-Chairs
11 January 2008
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, today appointed Ambassador Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania and Ambassador Paul Kavanagh of Ireland as co-Chairs for the consultations on System-wide Coherence. The consultations on the issue will resume on 8 February 2008 with a meeting aimed at taking stock of last years developments.
Report of the Co-Chairs to the President of the General Assembly on the Consultations Regarding "System-wide Coherence"
4 October 2007
Today, President of the General Assembly H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim released the report of the Co-Chairs to the President of the 61st session of the General Assembly on the consultations regarding System-wide Coherence. The report was submitted by former President of the General Assembly, H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa at the end of the 61st session of the General Assembly.
Member States Move Item to 62nd Session
17 September 2007
As Member States were unable to reach a compromise on the issue of System-Wide Coherence, the agenda item was moved to the 62nd session of the General Assembly, which begins on 18 September 2007.
61st SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
First Round of Consultations on System-wide Coherence in Progress
2 July 2007
During the last two weeks of June Member States began consultations, based on a thematic approach, on the recommendations contained in the Report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence on development, humanitarian assistance and the environment.
President of GA Asks Deputy Secretary-General to Brief GA on Gender
29 June 2007
On the basis of the ongoing discussions on gender and empowerment of women, within the context of the recommendations of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence, the President of the GA, H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, requested Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, to submit a concept note providing in-depth information on the Secretariat's proposal for the strengthening of the United Nations Gender Equality architecture.
Member States Discuss Business Practices
28 June 2007
Today, Member States took up the recommendations of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence on the United Nations' business practices. Statement of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the G77 and the NAM on Business Practices, 28 June 2007 EU Statement on Business Practices, 28 June 2007. Informal consultations on the remaining issues (environment, human rights and funding) will resume at the end of July 2007, as many delegations will be in Geneva for the substantive session of ECOSOC during the first three weeks of July.
Member States Engage in Discussions on System-wide Coherence
21 June 2007
This week, Member States are engaged in informal consultations on the recommendations contained in the Report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence on development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. Discussions are based on cluster-areas. The Center for UN Reform will provide an update on the major trends emerged during the discussions next week.
Informal Consultations on System-wide Coherence set off
8 June 2007
On 6 June 2007, Member States convened for the first session of informal consultations to discuss the recommendations contained in the Report of High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence under the aegis of the two Co-Chairs appointed by the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Ambassador Hackett of Barbados and Ambassador Hoscheit of Luxembourg.
GA President Appoints Co-Chairs
25 May 2007
The President of the General Assembly (PGA), H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, appointed two co-Chairs, Ambassadors Hackett of Barbados and Hoscheit of Luxembourg, with the objective to begin consultations with Member States on the recommendations contained in the Report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence., will report to the PGA on a monthly basis.
Secretary-General Responds to Coherence Report, General Assembly Discussion Begins
by ReformtheUN.org, 27 April 2007
On 16 April, the General Assembly met to consider the proposals of the Secretary-General’s response to the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence’s recommendations on the issues of development, humanitarian assistance, and the environment, as well as gender equality.
GA President's Statement on System-wide Coherence
16 April 2007
Statement by H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the General Assembly, at the Debate of the Recommendations of the High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence of United Nations Operational Activities. Statement available via above link.
Secretary-General Responds to High-Level Report
9 April 2007
Today, the Secretary-General released his official respons to the High-level Panel Report "Delivering as one."
High-level Panel Presents Report "DELIVERING AS ONE"
9 November 2006
Today, The High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence presented to Member States an advance, unedited copy of their report. Report is available via above link.
Donor Countries Present Letter to High-level Panel
26 February 2006
A group of 13 major donor countries presented today a latter on their views on System-wide Coherence to High-level Panel member and Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg. Letter is available via above link.
For more on the background of System-wide Coherence, please see the latest publication from the Center for UN Reform: