Feb 13, 2015
Pakistan was the largest of eight pilot countries for ‘Delivering as One’, an initiative designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the UN. The Pakistan UN One Programme I (OP-I) was launched in February 2009, initially to run for two years but later extended to five years. OP-I united 19 resident UN agencies and one non-resident agency and provided support to development initiatives of the Government of Pakistan through five Joint Programmes on: Agriculture, Rural Development and Poverty Reduction (ARP); Disaster Risk Management (DRM); Education; Environment; and Health and Population, with four crosscutting issues of Gender Equality, Civil Society Engagement, Human Rights and Refugees. With official closure of OP-I in 2012, 2013 was a transition year for UN Agencies in Pakistan: on one hand, the year saw the launch of the UN One Programme II (2013-2017), on the other, some Agencies continued with OP-I activities to make use of unutilized funds until December 2013.