The United Nations development system is part of the new global order emerging in the 21st century. But interdependence has brought changes. Earlier international relations addressed issues in intergovernmental relations. National political, economic, social and environmental issues were largely left to national governments. Now national policies and issues — on economic management, poverty reduction, good governance, human rights, rights of the child and of women and environmental management — are all matters of concern to the international community of states. The UN is empowered to address these issues — setting norms, monitoring progress and updating international policies (the normative and operational dimensions of the UN development system, or FUNDS) and offering technical support for capacity building (the operational dimensions).
Undertaking these tasks effectively demands a symbiotic relationship between UN bodies and individual national governments. Embedding normative and operational activities in national entities of all types — governmental and nongovernmental — is critical to the UN development system mission. To continue reading the briefing, click here
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