What happened to Delivering as One?” Was the question I was asked to answer in a masterclass for UN colleagues. Below is a summary of my response and the discussion that followed.

In November 2006, the Report of the High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence was released and of the several…


This week two new reports were published: the 2021 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) report and the World Economic Situation and Prospects report as of mid-2021. Quite interesting to read both reports side by side.

The 2021 SDG report highlights a rather sobering look starting with SDG 1 where an additional…


2020 saw the launch of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, its target date. To reach this milestone, the world needed to accelerate responses to the great challenges. The 2020 SDG report made it already clear that the world was not on track…


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Einstein once said, “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” This is an important lesson the UN development system may not have paid enough attention to until recently. Since the UN reform began in…


This week, I brainstormed with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya on the reinvigorated Resident Coordinator’s system, less than two years into the reform. Has the UN achieved what we predicted? Are there areas where the UN can do better? Interesting exchange of ideas. In short and…


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This week, the United Nations General Assembly — a yearly highlight for many diplomats that displays the world’s connectedness — is taking place in a virtual manner. Speeches are displayed in the General Assembly Hall, which makes this year’s edition quite different since the discussions that really matter happen in…


Friday, 18 September 2020 marked the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Moment of the Decade of Action. Convened by the United Nations Secretary General, it is meant to be an annual moment during the General Assembly to highlight inspiring SDG Action. Ola Rosling, President and Co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation…


In June 2019, the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (HLPDC) issued a report on The Age of Digital Interdependence calling for international cooperation to build a safe and inclusive digitalized world for all. That report has turned out to be prescient in all but timeline; unbeknown to its authors…


The world is going through a traumatic crisis in terms of amplitude and depth. The World Bank referred to the current situation as the worst since the 1929 Great Depression. The world economy will contract by 4.9 % in 2020 according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and 5.2% according…

Frederik Matthys

Chief, Policy and Innovation, United Nations Development Coordination Office

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