The Fourth High-level Intergovernmental Conference on Delivering as . 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Susan Eckey.The Fourth High-level Intergovernmental Conference on Delivering as . Photo: Norway UN Mission/Susan Eckey

Delivering as One

Last updated: 2/23/2012 // “2012 will be a bad year for red tape and bureaucracy at the UN”, Norway’s UN Ambassador Morten Wetland concluded at a meeting about the United Nations “Delivering as One” approach.

“Delivering as One” is the name of a report and an initiative that explore how the United Nations system can work more coherently and effectively across the world in areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. On the 22nd of February, there was a briefing on “The Fourth High-level Intergovernmental Conference on Delivering as One (Montevideo, 8–10 November 2011)”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Norway and Uruguay, in collaboration with the International Peace Institute.

Strong statements

Participants from member states and the UN heard strong statements in favor of the "Delivering as One" approach from Uruguay, Vietnam, Albania and Mozambique, which were all pilot countries when the idea of "Delivering as One" was first presented. The states underlined that "Delivering as One" has changed UN action from being supply driven, to a demand driven process. This gives the countries the lead and also full transparency about the UN’s activities at country level.

They like it!

The statements presented at the meeting were supported by other member states. Helen Clark, the chair of the UN Development Group (a group of 32 United Nations specialised agencies working on International Development issues) summed it up: “They like it!”
So does the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, who will launch a second generation of “Delivering as One”. Albania will host the “V High Level Conference on Delivering as One” in Tirana at the end of June. There will also be more meetings in New York about “Delivering as One”, particularly in preparation for the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of the UN’s development activities.


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