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Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary-General) on the Reform of the UN Development System
28 Dec 2018 -  The 2030 Agenda will require bold changes to the UN development system for the emergence of a new generation of country teams, centred on a strategic UN Development Assistance Framework and led by an impartial, independent and empowered resident coordinator.

Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary-General) video message on the Reform of the UN Development System:
"On January 1st, the United Nations development system embarks on a reform journey of transformation.
At the helm of this transformation is the new Resident Coordinator system, which puts countries at the forefront.
Together, we will strengthen the 2030 Agenda at the country level.
We aim to consolidate their teamwork and deepen accountability in delivering meaningful results for people.
For more than 70 years, the United Nations has helped to improve the lives of millions of people across the globe.
The Millennium Development Goals laid a good foundation.
Today, both people and planet need us to do even more.
We need a 21st-century United Nations able to respond to the paradigm shift reflected in the 2030 Agenda.
Our Organization will be more focused on collective results, and less on individual mandates; more attuned to national needs and priorities, and less entangled by inefficient layers of bureaucracy.
This is the most ambitious reform of the United Nations development system in decades.
The General Assembly has shown strong leadership in providing the mandates for change requested by the Secretary-General. We are now taking forward those decisions with determination.
The process will affect every UN entity, our UNDS leadership and all staff.
And it will not be an easy task or journey.
The next twelve to eighteen months will take us out of our comfort zone.
It starts with a reinvigorated, independent and impartial RC, a strengthened RCO and a new generation of country teams that are more responsive, more collaborative, with new skill-sets and full-time leadership to drive our work and strengthen results.
Every Member State, every staff member and each of our partners across government and civil society, will play an essential role in implementing this reform.
We all need to be agents of transformation, changing our mindsets for a new era.
Our objectives are clear.
This is about serving people – everywhere – and about leaving no one behind.
As Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, I am confident that we can all take this leap of faith in embracing the Secretary-General’s vision.
Expectations are high. Member States are counting on us to deliver. Achieving the SDGs everywhere is a promise we cannot afford to break. The consequences would be dire for people and the planet – across the globe.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “it always seems impossible until it’s done”.
So let’s get it done – together.