26.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

United Nations House in Bosnia and Herzegovina moves into its new premises

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina has moved into the new joint premises in Sarajevo on 4 February. This move marks a new chapter in the history of the UN involvement in the country and a renewed commitment towards its people and Government. The joint premises will host the following UN Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies residential in Bosnia and Herzegovina: FAO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNV, UN WOMEN, and WHO.

The joint premises will also have designated areas for colleagues from the Non-Resident Agencies on temporary field missions with all the systems available in the premises easily accessible.

The relocation of the UNCT into the new joint premises comes in the support of the UNCT’s aspirations to explore the adoption of the Delivery as One (DaO) modality in Bosnia and Herzegovina which will soon be the subject of discussions with national counterparts as part of the roll-out process initiated in 2013.

Providing full compliance with the UN security standards, decreased operational costs and increased UN visibility, credibility and coherence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the new joint premises pulling in agencies from 5 separate locations is considered a major step towards the DaO implementation.

The UNCT in Bosnia and Herzegovina will also participate in the UNDG-Ied pilot initiative on developing a Business Operations Strategy that aims to enhance the cost effectiveness and quality of operations back office processes in support of UNDAF implementation.

The new premises of the UN House in Sarajevo will be inaugurated some time in spring in the presence of high UN officials.

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