In June 2015, the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), the subsidiary organ of the General Assembly (GA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for matters relating to programme planning and performance, met to review the results of OIOS Inspection and Evaluation Division (OIOS-IED) evaluations conducted over the past two years. OIOS-IED set a new record in terms of the number of reports presented to the CPC in a single session.
Seven OIOS-IED reports on programme evaluations were reviewed by the CPC:
1. United Nations Human Settlements Programme(UN-HABITAT)
2. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
3. International Trade Centre ( ITC)
4. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP)
5. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
6. United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
7. United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
And an additional three reports were also reviewed:
8. A report on the assessment of UNHCR evaluation capacity
9. A report on the thematic evaluation on the United Nations Secretariat’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
10. The biennial report on evaluation capacity and practice in the Secretariat
11. CPC had also deferred to this year its review of the Secretariat’s proposed revisions to the PPBME (ST/SGB/2000/8), for which OIOS-IED was responsible for proposing revisions to Article 7 on Evaluation.
The servicing of the Committee for this total of 11 reports required that IED’s Management team and staff participated in 28 three-hour sessions with the 31 member delegates of the CPC, answering their questions and supporting them in coming to conclusions and recommendations that will become General Assembly resolutions.
Important conclusions noted from these deliberations were that the Committee was on the whole, very appreciative of OIOS’ evaluation reports, and it has endorsed all IED recommendations, with the exception of one. All the recommendations for UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, ITC, ESCAP, ECLAC, UNHCR and the biennial report on Secretariat evaluation capacity, totalling 34, were endorsed by the Committee. Three years from now – in 2018 – OIOS-IED will report on the implementation of these recommendations through mandatory triennial review reports.
In view of the intergovernmental discussions and decisions that are scheduled to take place in September on the Sustainable Development Goals through a process leading to a final outcome, the recommendation from the thematic evaluation of the M&E of the MDGs was neither endorsed nor rejected, and the lessons learnt in the report were noted for consideration by the GA. OIOS-IED had recommended that the GA should request the Secretary-General to formulate an overarching strategy and action plan to support coherent, coordinated monitoring and evaluation of achievement towards the sustainable development goals; basically to ensure that a proper evaluation framework, which was lacking in the case of the MDGs, is put in place for the post-2015 agenda.
Several lessons were learned from the CPC delegates’ deliberation on OIOS-IED evaluation reports and recommendations. These include that the delegates appreciate clear quantitative information, that they do take strong interest in the robustness of IED evaluation methodology, and also how OIOS-IED selects case studies; the rationale for inclusion or exclusion of cases. OIOS-IED will be reviewing these areas and make an effort to address these concerns of CPC delegates in its next round of evaluation reports.
As a clear indication that the CPC wants more, not less, of OIOS-IED reports, it has again requested to review all of OIOS-IED next round of evaluation reports. Looking forward, come 2017, IED will be commencing with the following evaluations, and will submit the reports for consideration by the CPC.
1. Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
2. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA),
3. Department for Political Affairs (DPA)
4. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
5. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
6. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
7. Substantive and programme components of the Executive Office of the Secretary General (EOSG), including the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Violence against Children.
8. United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
9. Thematic evaluation of Regional Commissions (ESCAP, ECA, ECLAC, ECE, ESCWA)
10. Biennial report on evaluation capacity and practice (2014-2015)