From the left: José Luis Cancela, The Permanent Representative of the Mission of Uruguay to the UN. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program. Morten Wetland, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Norway to the UN. 
Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum.From the left: José Luis Cancela, The Permanent Representative of the Mission of Uruguay to the UN. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program. Morten Wetland, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Norway to the UN. Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum

Launching “The Friends of UN Reform”

2/2/2011 // A working lunch to discuss a more efficient United Nations. The Friends of UN Reform supports steps taken to make a more relevant and coherent UN at a country level.

The Permanent Mission of Norway and the Permanent Mission of Uruguay hosted a working lunch roundtable discussion on February 1st to launch, “The Friends of reform: Supporting the Delivering as One approach and Beyond: Towards a More Relevant Coherent and Efficient UN at Country Level.”

At the meeting programme countries underlined the aspect of national ownership as a key driver behind the 'Delivering as One' initiative. The leader of United Nations Development Group, Madame Helen Clark, emphasised the many changes and benefits already seen by the reform effort in the UN. 

In 2007 eight countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Pakistan, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam) agreed to become ‘Delivering as One’ pilots in an effort to improve the effectiveness of the United Nations system. They would be the first to implement changes and demonstrate the benefits of closely coordinated actions across different UN agencies.

There are four main pillars of the 'Delivering as One' initiative:

  1. One Plan/ One Programme
  2. One Fund
  3. One Set of Management Practices/One House
  4. One Leader.

The ‘Delivering as One’ approach has since 2007 been voluntarily adopted by a growing number of other countries, and tremendous commitment and energy has gone into making this element of UN reform a reality.

The “Friend of reform: Supporting the Delivering as One approach and Beyond” will meet again later in the year.

The discussion was held at the International Peace Institute (IPI).


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