An initiative called "Delivering as One" was launched in 2007, by Kemal Derviş, the Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG)
Also known as "One UN", the initiative aims to allow the UN family to deliver in a more coordinated way at the country level. The objective is to ensure faster and more effective development operations by establishing a consolidated UN presence - with one programme and one budgetary framework and an enhanced role of the UN Resident Coordinator - while building on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family. This will reduce duplication and transaction costs so that the UN can use resources more effectively to support partner countries to achieve their development goals.
Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam volunteered to become pilots in the "One UN" initiative. "These pilots show the UN’s commitment to bring together the expertise, experience and capacities of the entire UN family to support national development strategies," said Derviş. "The specialized agencies have a wealth of knowledge and commitment to offer, and much closer cooperation between the Funds and Programmes and our wider family can yield great benefits."
The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is an instrument for UN reform, to improve the effectiveness of UN development at the country level.
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Click here to read the "UN Country Coordination: Working Together for Development" report released in 2008, which details the on progress made since 1997 to make the UN System more coherent at country level.
UNDAF Common Country Assessments
As part of the reform agenda for the United Nations to articulate a coherent vision and strategy that allows for a unified approach towards common development goals, Common Country Assessments (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) guidelines were established.
As the common strategic framework for the operational activities of the United Nations system at the country level, the UNDAF provides a collective, coherent and integrated United Nations system response to national priorities and needs within the framework of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and the other commitments, goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration and the declarations and programmes of action adopted at international conferences and summits and through major United Nations conventions. The UNDAF emerges from the analytical and collaborative effort of the CCA and is the foundation for United Nations system programmes of cooperation.
The CCA is the common instrument of the United Nations system to analyse the national development situation and identify key development issues. Both a process and a product, the CCA takes into account national priorities, with a focus on the MDGs and the other commitments, goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration and international conferences, summits and conventions.
Every year an updated Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) is released.
Click on a country below to access the CCA and the latest the UNDAF and CPAP information.