UNEG Evaluation Week 2015 High-level Event, "Bridge to a Better World - Evaluation at the service of the Post-2015 Agenda"




"Evaluation everywhere, and at every level, will play a key role in implementing the new development agenda... Evaluation is not easy. Nor is it popular. But it is essential. The current constrained budgetary climate makes it more important than ever." -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's opening remarks are now available in document format. Please click above attachment to download.




On 9 March from 3 to 5 PM New York time, UNEG organized a High-level Panel Event entitled, "Bridge to a Better World - Evaluation at the Service of the Post-2015 Agenda" under the framework of the UNEG Evaluation Week.

The Secretary General delivered the opening address and distinguished panel members included Ms. Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; H.E. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN; Mr. Miguel Szekely, Director of the Institute for Innovation in Education, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico; and Ms. Nancy MacPherson, Managing Director, Evaluation, Rockefeller Foundation.

The event highlighted 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation and the UN resolution on national evaluation capacity development. It will explore how building evaluation capacities can empower countries to adopt development policies and programmes that are appropriate, effective and responsive to the needs of their citizens.

Please click here to view the short video of the High-level event. The video includes introductory remarks, lighting of the Torch by the UN Secretary-General and the UN Secretary-General's opening remarks.

Please click here to view the full video of the High-level event.




2015 promises to be a momentous year for the United Nations, as it anticipates the close of the Millennium Development Goals and welcomes a new vision and agenda for the post-2015 era. Deemed as a "Time for Global Action," 2015 is also a pivotal year for evaluation, which provides a bridge of knowledge, evidence and learning; linking development efforts and the goals they seek to achieve. In generating evidence of what works and why, evaluation answers important questions for stakeholders, and offers evidence-based guidance for decision makers to help strengthen development outcomes. Evaluation activities can help to engage citizens in development processes, support national decision-makers and reinforce national ownership of development plans and programmes.  

Recognizing the role of evaluation, the2014 General Assembly resolution A/RES/69/237acknowledged 2015 as the "International Year of Evaluation," and invited the United Nations development system to support efforts to further strengthen capacity for evaluation. The Secretary-General, in the report "A life of dignity for all" (A/68/202), asserts that "strong monitoring and accountability will be crucial for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda." With these clear mandates in support of robust evaluation, the United Nations, along with the wider development community, has arrived at a unique moment to put in place enhanced, credible evaluation practices that are fully integrated into development discourse and plans. Action is needed now to establish the mechanisms to achieve this, and so reinforce the renewed commitment of world leaders towards transformational change and development.  



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Event Details

Lead Organization

  • UNEG


  • Conference/ Symposium


  • Global / Global

Start Date

  • 09 Mar 2015

End Date

  • 09 Mar 2015

Contact Person

  • Serwah Asante (UNEG Secretariat)
  • uneg.contact@undp.org
  • 646-781-4222