The Executive Board
Recalling General Assembly resolution 59/250 of 22 December 2004 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, and underlining that further steps need to be taken to harmonize programming cycles and to synchronize them as far as possible with the national programming instruments, in particular the national poverty reduction strategies, including poverty reduction strategy papers where they exist;
1. Takes note of the report of the Administrator of UNDP and of the Executive Director of UNFPA on progress in implementing decision 2001/11: addressing the issue of the time frame for developing country programme documents (DP/2005/28-DP/FPA/2005/10) and the proposals therein;
2. Recognizes the progress made in implementing Executive Board decision 2001/11 on the UNDP/UNFPA programming process and therefore reconfirms the validity of the current approval procedure;
3. Stresses the need to ensure the quality and results orientation of country programme documents as well as their alignment with national priorities in the areas of competence of all agencies involved;
4. Requests the Administrator of UNDP and the Executive Director of UNFPA to present to the Executive Board at its annual session 2006, a report elaborated jointly with UNICEF on possible options to further improve and streamline the current harmonized country programme approval procedure so as to decrease the time frame for developing and approving country programmes, and to better synchronize them with the length of cycle of the respective national country programming instruments, bearing in mind the need to maintain the institutional integrity and organizational mandate of each agency.
23 June 2005