Update on the United Nations reform

This document reviews developments in the reform of the United Nations (UN) development system since the Governing Body’s last discussion of this topic at its 335th Session (March 2019).

Meeting document | 12 October 2020
It is a revised and updated version of the document prepared for the cancelled March 2020 session (GB.338/INS/9), which takes into account the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

It assesses the implementation by the Office of previous Governing Body decisions, giving particular attention to the status of work under the Office Plan of Action 2019–20 to maximize the opportunities of the UN development system reform for the ILO and tripartite constituents, which was endorsed by the Governing Body at its 335th Session.

It highlights, inter alia, steps taken to facilitate the engagement of UN resident coordinators and UN country teams with ILO constituents at the country level in the formulation and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, in particular in respect of the Sustainable Development Goals that are relevant to the ILO’s mandate.

It also reviews the steps taken to ensure the linkages between Cooperation Frameworks and ILO Decent Work Country Programmes. Early experiences with the new resident coordinator system are highlighted.