Building efficiencies: The work of the RC system
The RC system concluded its operational services transition from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to the UN Secretariat, generating savings amounting to an estimated $3.4 million in 2022 and nearly $10 million since 2020
The RC system reduced costs purchasing vehicles in 71% of field locations – 21% of them either hybrid or electric – avoiding car-rental costs while committing to environmental sustainability.
Effective service provision to clients has been continuously reviewed and planned with UN Secretariat entities and UN Service providers at global and regional levels
Resource planning platforms
The use of the UN Secretariat enterprise resource planning platforms to conduct all business processes of the RC system has been enabled
The Secretary-General’s delegation of authority to Resident Coordinators and the Development Coordination Office (DCO) for management of financial and human resources, procurement, travel and property has been fully implemented
The RC system was also critical in enabling efficiencies gained through the transformation of the UN development system's business operations
Deployed by DCO since 2019
The Development Coordination Office (DCO) has directly invested $11.5 million since 2019 in specialized capacities and other resources to advance workstreams related to Business Operations Strategies, Common Back Offices and Common Premises
Cost-efficiencies achieved by the UN development system collectively and through single UN entity efforts are estimated at around $405 million – an increase of 47% from $275 million in 2021.
The new Efficiency dashboard and the new Common Premises platform created by DCO contain information for over 3,500 premises worldwide, spanning 3.8million m2 and accommodation for 120,000 UN personnel.
Host governments are increasingly appreciative of RCs’ efforts in minimizing duplication:
The report's resource page can be found here, and the glossary here.
To learn more, visit un-dco.org.