Report on a midterm review of the Technical Advisory Programme

The Executive Board

1. Takes note of the report on a midterm review of the Technical Advisory Programme (DP/FPA/2004/16);

2. Underlines the strategic importance of effective input in responding to country-led priorities as contained in the national poverty reduction strategies, including PRSPs where they exist, and CCA/UNDAFs, as well as national MDG reports, and requests UNFPA to share with the Executive Board, when available, a concise two-year timetable for programmable and time-bound activities for more effective participation by Country Technical Services Teams in PRSPs, SWAps and CCA/UNDAFs, as well as interregional activities;

3. Urges UNFPA to give continued high priority to pursuing the intended outcomes of the Technical Advisory Programme (TAP), especially when it comes to regional and national capacity development and recommendations for policy dialogue;

4. Stresses to UNFPA the importance of the strategic partnerships with United Nations funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other TAP partners, and further stresses that these partnerships should also be given high priority under the TAP programme;

5. Requests UNFPA to provide to the Executive Board during its September 2005 session a further review of the impact of the TAP programme against strategic goals as contained in the multi-year funding framework, in close consultation with its strategic partners, including ways to harmonize the TAP cycle.

23 September 2004