UN Renewal

Our programme on UN development system renewal is premised on the hypothesis that while the world at large has experienced significant developments, especially during the past two decades, the UN development system has not sufficiently transformed or evolved. This programme is designed to serve as a catalyst for renewal of the UN development system and as an advocate for effective multilateral solutions to major challenges at national and international levels.

Two distinct strands of activities characterise the implementation of our work in this area. The first is to gather and disseminate necessary information through studies on relevant topics. The second strand is to serve as a bridge-builder and convener of informal briefings, seminars and consultations with key stakeholders in the UN development system, namely member states, civil society actors and UN development system representatives themselves.Some of the key questions we are addressing within the framework of the programme are: the purpose and functions, the financing, the governance and the partnerships of the UN development system all with the objective of having as effective UN development system as possible.

We aim to deliver a set of recommendations to the UN management on how to realize the renewal of the development system. The aim is to reposition the UN’s development work so that it has a clear value added in all member states.



How was the UN development system financed in 2015?

We recently released our yearly report on financing the UN development system. Did you read it and did any of it stick?


Open the books!

Why we need to open budgets and doors to budgetary engagement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Financing the UN Development System: Pathways to Reposition for Agenda 2030

This is the third annual report on financing the UN development system produced by the Foundation and the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.


Almedalsveckan 2017

We will be hosting three events together with partners at the annual Almedalsveckan in Visby, Gotland.


Integrity and trust needed in today’s United Nations

Amidst the bustle of the United Nations in New York, the Foundation hosted a series of events on the integrity of the UN civil servant....


Global Norms: Building an Inclusive Multilateralism

A revitalised multilateral agenda must be built on the back of a strong, inclusive normative framework.