A war is always a human tragedy, and the war in Ukraine is no exception. The ripple effects of the conflict are extending human suffering far beyond its borders. The war, in all its dimensions, has exacerbated a global cost-of-living crisis unseen in at least a generation, compromising lives, livelihoods, and our aspirations for a better world by 2030.
In 2018, Member States agreed to a vision for a stronger development coordination function to respond to the paradigm shift ushered in by the 2030 Agenda. Three years later, the implementation of that vision for a reinvigorated Resident Coordinator (RC) system, alongside a new generation of UN Country Teams (UNCTs), is proving its value. Under stronger and more impartial leadership at all levels, the UN development system (UNDS) approached the COVID-19 crisis in emergency mode with a commitment to recovering better and delivering the SDGs during this Decade of Action.