Thursday, 24 February 2011

The future of the UN Development System

The FUNDS project is pleased to present the report of the November 2010 conference, which it co-sponsored with the Wilton Park, on the Future of the UN Development System.

Key conclusions of the report:

  • The efficiency of the UN development system and the need to reform it has been much discussed but with little progress and with gathering frustration and concern. The core problem is decision making; the historical design of the system and its fragmentation has resulted in the lack of any overall control which is not subject to the national interest of members.
  • The absence of central governance is the single largest obstacle to any reform of the UN system or any part of it.
  • The Delivering as One programme holds out the greatest hope for reform, and with more countries signing up to it, change may be effected from the bottom up.

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