UN Reform Pilot Countries meeting
Maputo, Mozambique, 21-23 May 2008
High level representatives of the eight governments of the "Delivering as One" pilot countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam) together with representatives from the Governments of Malawi and Botswana, met in Maputo from 21 -23 May to review the lessons coming from the one year experience of their countries in "Delivering as One" and discuss how to move forward while advancing the recommendation of the General Assembly 62/208.
The opening ceremony was addressed by the Mozambican Prime Minister, Luisa Diogo, the Co-Chairs of the General Assembly Consultations on System-wide Coherence, Ambassadors Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania and Paul Kavanagh of Ireland, and UN Under-Secretary General Anna Tibaijuka on behalf of the UN Deputy Secretary General. The seminar was hosted and chaired by Mozambique Foreign Affairs Minister, Oldemiro Baloi.
The participants hailed the idea to hold this Exchange seminar, acknowledging that given that most of the pilot countries started the implementation of the accelerated reform in 2007, it is too early to evaluate development effectiveness of the Delivering as One initiative. Thus, the findings from the gathering were preliminary while a more complete picture will emerge once an independent evaluation has been conducted in 2009-2010.
The meeting reaffirmed the gains made by the Delivering as One pilot countries and other participating countries with respect to enhancing government leadership of the UN system operational activities for development. Initial indicators are that the pilot process is yielding positive results in ensuring that the UN development system is a more effective and coherent counterpart to its national partners. Reports from both the Governments as well as the UN Country Teams indicate there has been increased availability of system's mandate and expertise to meet national plans and priorities.
However, major constraints remain on the implementing and accelerating the Delivering as One initiative. These include lack of predictability and timeliness, lack of harmonisation and simplification (business practices, high transaction cost, poor alignment of UN caps with the priorities of programme, and low level of use of national capacities.