Preparations for the 2012
Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review
of the General Assembly of UN operational activities for development

Course organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland and UN DESA


  • Module 1 (1 February 2012): Funding for UN operational activities for development (UNDESA in cooperation with UNDP and UNICEF), Conference Room E
  • Module 2 (22 February 2012): Functioning of the UN development system: (a) UNDAF process, (b) UN Resident Coordinator system and (c) harmonization of business practices: challenges and opportunities, Conference Room C
  • Module 3 (13 March 2012): Positioning of the UN system in a changing development landscape (no presentation slides)
  • Module 4 (2 May 2012): Perspectives from the field: findings of surveys of programme country governments, UN Resident Coordinators and UN country teams and civil society organizations working with the UN system at the country-level
  • Module 5 (22 June 2012):* Briefing before the operational segment of the Economic and Social Council: Designed for diplomats coming to New York for the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council, this intensive module will summarize the key messages of the first four briefings and explain the QCPR process itself.
  • Module 6 (28 September 2012):* Final briefing before the General Assembly: Designed for diplomats who arrived during the summer and were unable to attend the other briefings, this last module with present all the materials produced in the past briefings and explain the QCPR process itself

* Modules 5 and 6 will be organized before the operational segment of the Economic and Social Council and before the negotiations in the General Assembly start respectively and can be subject to change based on the calendar of the United Nations.

Venue: United Nations Headquarters

Coordinator: Felix Haass

To register, please visit the online catalogue.



Operational activities for development of the UN system are defined as those activities of the funds, programmes and specialized agencies which have the specific objective of promoting economic and social development in programme countries. In 2010, nearly two-thirds of all UN system-wide activities were operational activities for development.

The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) is the mechanism through which the General Assembly assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of UN operational activities for development and establishes system-wide policy orientations for the development cooperation and country-level modalities of the UN system.

The 2012 QCPR process presents an important opportunity for Member States to engage in a dialogue on how to adapt UN operational activities for development to the changing global development cooperation context. To facilitate the QCPR process, the Secretary-General undertakes in-depth analytical work in a number of areas including: funding, UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process, UN Resident Coordinator system, harmonization of business practices, results-based strategic planning and management, gender equality and women’s empowerment, support to countries in transition from relief to development and emerging issues likely to affect the role of the UN development system in the near future.


Learning Objectives

The six-module course series, conducted in cooperation with UNDESA, is intended to provide delegates in Permanent Missions of Member States in New York with an opportunity to examine in greater depth a number of technical issues central to the QCPR, as part of the preparations for the upcoming intergovernmental negotiation process.
At the end of the course series participants will better understand:


  • The key policy issues in the area of funding of UN operational activities for development
  • The role of coordination in enhancing country-level performance o f the UN development system
  • The emerging issues/global challenges likely to significantly impact the future role of the UN development system in international cooperation for development
  • The perspectives of key stakeholders at the country-level on the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of UN operational activities for development.


The course series will be organized into six half-day sessions, led by experts and practitioners in the respective fields. At the beginning of each session, the QCPR process will be briefly explained. The workshop combines a mix of methodologies, including presentations, panels, interactive discussions, and case-studies. Among the guest speakers, the workshop features senior officials from UN agencies and Member States involved in the QCPR.


This course is open members of the Permanent Missions accredited to UN Headquarters and other government officials; representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations, and other interested individuals. Priority is given to delegates from developing and least developed countries.