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UNEG Hosts High Level Panel

UNEG held a high-level panel "UN Results: Are we achieving them? How do we know?" on Tuesday April 16, 2013. The panel was part of UNEG 2013 Evaluation Week and included evaluation practice exchange seminars and the Annual General Meeting of UN heads of evaluation. It was an opportunity for UN evaluators better explain how to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN and to advocate on behalf of the importance of evaluation for learning, decision-making and accountability.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the High-level Panel event:

The panel reflected on whether or not the United Nations is achieving its objectives, how evaluation is contributing to measuring results, if evaluation findings and recommendations are actually used for programme and policy improvements, and how the collective capacity of UN programmes can be improved through evaluation.  

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered an address on evaluators' pivotal role in holding the UN to account. Other speakers included:

Carman Lapointe, Under-Secretary-General, Office of Internal Oversight Services

Ms. Lapointe has had a distinguished career as an Auditor General of the World Bank Group and with the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. As the head of an operationally independent office, she has the authority to initiate any action she considers necessary to fulfill her mandate.

Presentation: Evaluation in the United Nations Secretariat

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS

Mr. Sidibé has spent more than 25 years in public service with UNICEF and UNAIDS. An outspoken advocate with a people-centred approach, his vision for UNAIDS is zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Presentation: UNAIDS Experience in M&E: What do we know and how are we using it?

Pius Bigirimana, Permanent Secretary, Office of Prime Minister of Uganda

Mr. Bigirimana has a distinguished career in public service in Uganda and taken the lead in promoting evaluation in this country. A published author on various aspects of public policy and administration, his most recent publication is "Abundance mentality."

Presentation: Using Evaluation from a Country's Perspective

Nick York, Director for Country, Corporate and Global Evaluations, World Bank

Mr. York previously worked in the UK Department for International Development and for the Department of Health. As chair of the OECD-DAC evaluation network, he took a keen interest in promoting evaluation quality standards and developing capacity for M&E in country partners. 

Presentation: Evaluation's instrumental role in determining national and donor programme policies and effectiveness

Deborah Rugg, UNEG Chair & Director of the Inspection and Evaluation Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services 

Ms. Rugg has over 30 years of professional international and national evaluation experience, be it with UNAIDS or the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She holds a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.

For a list of participants please click here.

For the panel's agenda please click here

The entire panel is featured below.

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