UNESCO joins a UN family Global Workshop to foster UN coherence and cooperation
The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), participated in the Global Workshop on the One Programme/One Budgetary Framework/One UN Fund, held from 12 to 15 May 2014 in Southbury, Connecticut (United States of America). This workshop brought together UN agencies from across the globe to share information and best practices for furthering UN coherence and cooperation.
As a part of the United Nations (UN) family, UNESCO actively contributes to the development and implementation of the various UN planning processes, such as UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) and Delivering as One (DaO) initiatives in the region. The strategic programme framework of the UNDAF describes the collective response of the UN system to national development priorities, while the Delivering as One initiative aims to accelerate the efforts of the UN to increase the coherence and effectiveness of its operations in the field.
To facilitate coherence and cooperation amongst the UN agencies and improve the delivering of results to Member States, a workshop was organized by the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) in collaboration with the Regional UN Development Group (UNDG) Teams and the UN System Staff College in Southbury from 12 to 15 May this year.
The workshop was mainly addressed to members of the interagency Peer Support Group (PSG), whose purpose is to accompany and support UN Country Teams (UNCTs) during their analytical work for the UNDAF and/or One UN Programme development process.
One of the key purposes of the workshop was to ensure that they were fully aware of the recently approved DaO Standard Operating Procedures’ integrated package, particularly with regards to their programmatic and budgetary implications. The workshop also provided an opportunity for sharing experiences across the regions with 19 countries and 12 UN bodies participating.
In 2014, in Europe and Central Asia, 11 countries plus Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99 and in line with the International court of Justice advisory opinion on the Kosovo’s declaration of independence) will undergo a new UNDAF cycle will develop its new UN Common Development Plan, which is a “UNDAF-like” strategic programme framework. For these countries, the UNESCO Venice Office will wear the “double hat” of contributing both as a member of the UNCT who is actively drafting the UNDAF and its related preparatory documents, as well as providing additional technical support and feedback as a member of the PSG.
These 2014 “roll-out” countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Also in the region, Bosnia and Herzegovina is now finalizing the roll-out of its new “DaO-light” programme, to take effect for the years 2015-2019.
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