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United Nations General Assembly Adopts Resolution “Capacity building for the evaluation of development activities at the country-level”

For the first time in the history of the United Nations – A landmark, stand-alone UN Resolution on national evaluation capacity development has been adopted by the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. This resolution was presented to the Committee by Fiji, and supported at global and country level by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and national evaluation partners around the world. It received a very strong cross-regional sponsorship from more than 48 countries and a general consensus recognizing evaluation capacity as a country-level tool to strengthen evidence-based policy making.

It was a historic move that United Nations stand alone resolution on evaluation was passed. This resolution is extremely important for the global evaluation community. The resolution elevates and highlights the need for capacity building of better development results specially at country level.

The resolution text submitted to the General Assembly is available here. The official final General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/69/237) will be published soon on the UN Website http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/resolutions.shtml

This is the first time that a resolution acknowledges the International Year of Evaluation, declared by EvalPartners, UNEG and partners. The resolution emphasizes the importance of building capacities for the evaluation of development activities at the country level. The value added of this resolution is that it changes the business-as-usual approach. It allows for interaction and cooperation amongst all the relevant partners, including those of the UN System, the national and international stakeholders, to coordinate efforts to further strengthen the Member States capacities for evaluation. Most importantly, the resolution emphasizes that national ownership and national priorities form a strong base for building national capacities to manage and oversee evaluations. It also requested the UN Secretary-General to provide in 2016 an update, on the progress made in building national evaluation capacities.

Click to see the video of the resolution “Capacity building for the evaluation of development activities at the country level” was adopted by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly.

The resolution elevates and highlights the need for capacity building of better development results specially at country level. Further more this resolution is extremely important as first time it acknowledges the role of UN Evaluation Group and its partners and importantly acknowledges the International Year of Evaluation 2015. In this resolution member states specifically requested reporting back and asked the Secretary General to provide a progress update in 2016. I would like to thank all the countries who actively sponsored the resolution particularly Fiji who tabled the resolution and led a strong debate.
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