Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 2, Operational activities for development
In 2006, the UN system provided development assistance to developing countries and those with economies in transition, mainly through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the central UN funding body for technical assistance. UNDP income remained unchanged from 2005, at $5.1 billion. Total expenditure for all programme activities and support costs in 2006 was $4.8 billion, compared to $4.4 billion the previous year. Technical cooperation funded through other sources included $48.7 million provided through the programme executed by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, $191.2 million through the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), and $25.6 million through the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). In 2006, UNFIP and the United Nations Democracy Fund were consolidated with Partnership Advisory Services and Outreach to form the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The Office served as a gateway for new alliances and partnerships for the UN system to work more effectively with the private sector and civil society. The Secretary-General, in April, reported on progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 59/250 on the 2004 triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system. The report contained a matrix of steps taken and the results of specific actions against benchmarks and targets for the UN system as a whole. The Secretary-General recommended that the Economic and Social Council use the assessment of progress to lay out guidelines for the 2007 triennial comprehensive policy review. In July, the Council asked him to focus the analysis for the 2007 policy review within the context of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. Project delivery by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) dropped to $706 million, 9.7 per cent less than the projected figure for the year. In May, the Secretary-General appointed Jan Mattson (Sweden) as UNOPS Executive Director. In line with reform measures proposed in the 2005 action plan to restore UNOPS financial viability, the Office relocated its headquarters to Copenhagen, Denmark, which became operational on 1 July. In 2006, 7,623 volunteers working for the UNDP administered United Nations Volunteers programme carried out 7,856 assignments in 144 countries. In March, the UNDP Administrator reported on the implementation of the third cooperation framework for South-South cooperation (20052007), which was endorsed by the UNDP/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Board in 2005. In June, the Board requested UNDP to further emphasize the Programme's multi-year funding framework driver of development effectiveness dealing with South-South solutions and to promote its further impact. UNCDF completed a strategic review of its 20052007 business plan and used its conclusions to prepare a detailed investment plan for the 2006-2007 period. Consistent with UN reform initiatives, UNCDF continued to decentralize its operations and improve its efficiency and effectiveness. By April, the streamlining of UNCDF headquarters to focus on strategic functions and management was largely completed. In June, the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board asked the UNDP Administrator and the UNCDF Executive Secretary to finalize the strategic agreement between the two bodies, setting forth the key elements of their strategic, operational and financial partnership.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. v. 60; Vol. 60
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