VIENNA, 19 May 2011 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today hosted the 2nd UN Development Group (UNDG) Working Mechanisms Convenors Retreat.
The working mechanisms were launched last October to support the UNDG strategic priorities on targets and collective efforts in accelerating the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.
Chaired by UNIDO Managing Director, Wilfried Luetkenhorst, in his capacity as the Vice-Chair of the UNDG, the retreat participants at the retreat looked at successes, challenges and lessons learned in the working mechanisms to date.
Participants represented the UNDAF Programming Network; the Joint Funding/Business Operations Network; the Resident Coordinator System Issues Group, the UNDG-ECHA Working Group on Transition; the Human Rights Mechanism; the MDG Task Force; the Aid Effectiveness Task Team; and the Gender Equality Task Team, as well as the Director of the UNDG-DOCO.
The retreat also linked by videoconference with the Malawi Resident Coordinator, and separately with the Ukraine Resident Coordinator and members of the Ukraine UN Country Team to hear progress reports on their work on the UNDG Strategic Priorities.
UNIDO plays an active role in advancing greater coherence and coordination within the UN system through the work of the Chief Executive Board’s three main mechanisms, its two high-level committees (High-level Committee on Programmes - HLCP and High-level Committee on Management - HLCM) and the United Nations Development Group.
UNIDO also works with its UN partners to provide development support at the country level, notably in the Delivering as One UN pilot countries that include Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam.
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