The UN Secretary-General created the UNDG and the Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) in 1997 to unite the UN system and improve the quality of its development assistance.
The UN Development Group unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, agencies, departments, and offices that play a role in development. Our common objective is to deliver more coherent, effective and efficient support to countries seeking to attain internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.
DOCO performs three critical functions for the UNDG and the Resident Coordinator system:
1. Focused policy coordination and technical support to the global work of the UNDG;
2. Support to the 6 Regional UNDG Teams and over 130 UN Resident Coordinators and UN country teams;
3. Knowledge management by gathering evidence and data on development effectiveness to feed into UNDG analytical work and decision making.
DOCO staff work with UNDG members to prepare system-wide issues, policies and guidelines for decisions by the group and the UN Chief Executives Board. DOCO administers the UN Country Coordination Fund, which provides Resident Coordinators with resources to improve their capacity to coordinate.
Disaster Reduction Goal
The Common Country Assessment and the UN Development Assistance Framework (CCA/UNDAF) process is one important way that the UNCT can demonstrate its commitment and articulate how it plans to support national risk reduction efforts. The UNDG has established a roster of trained DRR experts to effectively support United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in integrating DRR into country analysis and the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF).
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
In response to the decision of the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Committee to further mainstream disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action into UN system policies and practices, the UNDG and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) set up a joint task team in 2008. The task-team was co-chaired by the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Development Programme. The key output of the task-team is the guidance note for UN Country Teams referred to above. The drafting process was led by UNEP and UNDP. The document benefited greatly from inputs and guidance from the following agencies: FAO, ILO, ITU, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNIFEM, UNISDR, WFP, WHO and WMO.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Pervez Hassan, Senior Policy Specialist, UNDOCO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anja Bille Bahncke, Policy Specialist, UNDOCO (email@example.com)