In April 2007, CEB had endorsed a proposal to establish the substantive parameters and process for a three-phased evaluation of the eight delivering-as-one pilot projects in Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam. The first outcome of this process, a synthesis report of the assessments conducted by the United Nations Evaluation Group, was before the High-level Committee on Programmes during the reporting period. While commending the Group on the appropriateness of the process of the assessments, the high quality of the synthesis report and the usefulness of the findings and suggestions, the decision was taken to suspend the next two phases of the proposed evaluation, a process evaluation and an evaluation of results, in the light of the independent evaluation called for by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/208, on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system.

During the reporting period, CEB, through the High-level Committee on Management, has reiterated the importance that it attaches to the evaluation function and its view that enhancing the capacity and strength of this function across the organizations of the United Nations system is critical to increasing the credibility and impact of their programmes. The need for a mechanism to manage and implement system-wide evaluations was, in this respect, broadly supported and will be kept under review by the Board’s three high-level committees.