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

UNGA Resolution “Capacity building for Evaluation of Development activities at the Country-level” (Second Committee)

For the first time, a stand-alone UN General Assembly Resolution, titled "Capacity building for the evaluation of development activities at the country-level" was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through general consensus and cross-regional support of forty-two countries on 19 December 2014. This resolution was first presented and adopted by the UN General Assembly Second Committee on 13 November 2014.

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. 

List of countries sponsoring the resolution:

The Mission of Fiji to the UN with the technical support from UNEG, initiated and presented the resolution to the Second Committee on behalf of Mexico, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa and Vanuatu. Other co-sponsoring member states include:

Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Kiribati, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkmenistan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France, Guinea, Serbia and Ukraine.

Please see the UN General Assembly Resolution, titled "Capacity building for the evaluation of development activities at the country-level