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Delivering as One

Delivering as One: Making the UN system more coherent, effective and efficient

When the Secretary-General launched Delivering as One, the governments of eight countries—Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam—volunteered to become “Delivering as One” pilots. The pilot countries agreed to work with the UN system to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family. Together they are experimenting with ways to increase the UN system’s impact through more coherent programmes, reduced transaction costs for governments, and lower overhead costs for the UN system.

Please visit the Delivering as One – Standard Operating Procedures page.

The Four principles

The eight pilots are making reforms based on four principles:

These changes respond to varied needs while drawing on all parts of the UN system, whether based in the country or not. The exercise has already helped to align our programmes and funding more closely to national priorities. It has strengthened government leadership and ownership. It’s ensuring that governments have access to the experience and expertise of a wider range of United Nations organizations to respond to their national priorities. Several issues we work on have seen increased emphasis, most notably being support to the productive sector, employment, trade, protection of the environment, adaptation to climate change, the global food crisis, and the financial crisis. This improvement has emerged from a process where UN agencies that aren’t physically present in the pilot countries have been able to spend more time advising their governments without having to set up costly offices.


The creation of the Delivering as One pilots was recommended by the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence, a group of heads of state and policy makers tasked to examine ways to strengthen the UN’s ability to respond to the challenges of the 21st Century. (Watch the video of the launch here).

The Delivering as One pilot initiative builds on the existing reform agenda set by UN members states, which asks the UN development system to accelerate its efforts to increase coherence and effectiveness of its operations in the field through the establishment of Joint Offices. In response to the High-level Panel's Report and consistent with the work under the TCPR, the Secretary-General requested the Chair of the UNDG to move forward with the implementation of the Delivering as One pilots (the Secretary-General's letter).

Delivering as One has brought together partner countries, donors and UN country teams with fresh energy, momentum and a greater sense of common purpose. By strongly encouraging the eight pilot country teams to implement reforms and by giving them broad latitude to innovate and experiment with ways of working together as one UN team, Delivering as One has tested a number of different and ways of working together differently.

Delivering as One Resources

Related Documents

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Delivering as One Countries
November 2014
Delivering as One – Standard Operating Procedures
August 2014
Management Response to the Independent Evaluation of Lessons Learned from Delivering as One
November 2012
How Delivering as One Adds Value: Stories and Testimonies from Eight Programme Pilot Countries
June 2010
UN Reform Update Newsletter: Eight Pilots
by: World Health Organization
February 2010
A snapshot of events and progress in each pilot country.
Delivering as One Lessons Learned from Pilot Countries
by: Prepared by Coordination Officers from Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam
June 2009
Delivering as One Presentation
September 2009
PowerPoint Presentation explaining the initiative to Deliver as One United Nations and progress made since it began in 2007. Customize it for your audience and context and adjust depending on how much time you have. We recommend printing the "Notes Pages" format of the presentation to use as talking points during the presentation. They can also be used as a detailed handout for the audience to take away with them.
Press release: Eight countries pilot UN reform
1 February 2007
In this press release, UNDG Chair Kemal Dervi? announces the UN will explore new ways of enhancing greater coherence at the country level in Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.
Ten Ways for the UN to Deliver as One
Delivering Coherence: Next Steps for a Unified UN system
February 2007
Some Measures to Improve Overall Performance of the United Nations System at the Country Level
by: Doris Bertrand
This Joint Inspection Unit report provides a short history of UN system reform and offers a series of recommendations for further progress. (JIU/REP/2005/2)
RC/Coordination Officers Consultations

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Delivering as One - Tirana June 2012 Outcome Document
Remarks - Delivering as One Conference - Tirana, June 2012
June 2012
Statement of Outcomes and Way Forward - Intergovernmental Meeting of the Programme Country Pilots on Delivering as One
21 October 2009
Representatives of the governments of the eight “Delivering as One” (DaO) programme pilot countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Vietnam) as well as representatives of governments of countries that have indicated voluntary adoption of the DaO approach (Benin, Bhutan, Comores, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Malawi) met in Kigali, Rwanda, from 19 to 21 October 2009.
Deputy Secretary-General's statement to Intergovernmental Meeting of the Programme Pilot Countries on 'Delivering as One'
19 October 2009
Maputo Seminar - Statement of Summary of Outcomes and Way Forward
23 May 2008
Statement of Summary of Outcomes and Way Forward - Seminar of the "Programme Pilot Countries" on Delivering as One: Exchange of Experience and Lessons Learned. Maputo, Mozambique, 21-23 May 2008.

Delivering as One Countries
August 2014