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UNDP and the UN

The UN system in Pakistan continues to strengthen its efforts to achieve greater impact in contributing to national development plans and priorities. The impetus of this effort remains grounded in One UN reform, following the call from the UN General Assembly in 1997 for a more coherent, effective and efficient UN development system.

As the manager of the Resident Coordinator (RC) system and an Administrative’ Agent for One Fund, UNDP, with its UN partners, remains fully committed to ensuring that the UN development system works together more coherently, enabling the UN to be a more effective development partner in contributing to a marked improvement in the lives of the people in Pakistan. UNDP recognizes that there must be mutual accountability for results between the UN Country Team, to ensure that all entities are working together under One UN umbrella  towards the common goal of supporting national development plans around agreed-upon programme priorities under the One Programme.

UN Agencies in Pakistan

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) comprises of heads of UN agencies/programmes/funds coordinated by the Resident Coordinator (RC) that lead the One UN by consensus. They meet regularly to discuss and decide on One UN issues and processes.

The United Nations Country Team in Pakistan is committed to support the efforts of the Government and the people of Pakistan to improve the life of all people living in Pakistan, especially those most excluded and vulnerable.  It also ensures that the UN speaks with One Voice for the benefit of the people of Pakistan.

UNICEF - In 2011, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pursued development goals in four United Nations ‘Delivering as One’ Joint Programmes and four cross-cutting issues working groups. Within this framework, UNICEF implemented six programmes in all eight provinces and administrative areas of Pakistan. The programmes were Mother and Child Health Care, Polio Eradication, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Primary Education, Child Protection, and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

UNESCO - In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/about-us/introducing-unesco#sthash.12zcYiks.dpuf

UNIC - UNIC was established in Pakistan in March 1951. The Centre is the focal point for disseminating information and raising awareness about the UN's activities to the people of Pakistan. UNIC has functional autonomy and is responsible for promoting the activities of the regular UN bodies --including the Security Council and other organs, in a form geared towards local interest.

UNIDO -The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to promoting Sustainable Industrial Development in developing economies.

UNAIDS - UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

UNHCR - UNHCR’s priority in Pakistan is to achieve lasting solutions for one of the largest and most protracted refugee situations in the world. Pakistan continues to host approximately 1.7 million refugees. Most are from Afghanistan and live in refugee villages and urban areas. Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately 3.7 million registered Afghans from Pakistan.

IFAD - Since 1978 IFAD has supported 24 programmes and projects in Pakistan with investments totalling US$492.7 million. The total cost of the organization's programme in Pakistan is US$2.16 billion. Five programmes and projects are ongoing. Through its country programme IFAD provides loans and technical assistance grants, and it supports policy dialogue, knowledge management and partnerships.

UNHABITAT - The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT plays an important role in providing technical assistance to countries and cities in the areas of governance, land and property rights, environmental management, disaster mitigation, post-conflict rehabilitation, urban safety, water management and poverty reduction.

UNWOMEN - UN Women in Pakistan provides technical advisory and support to the delivery and implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. UN Women is uniquely positioned to support initiatives of the Government and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) leading towards a full realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments in line with the national and international gender equality and human rights commitment.

WHO - The WHO Representative’s Office in Pakistan supports the Government and health authorities in strengthening health services, addressing public health issues and supporting and promoting research for health.

FAO - Pakistan became an FAO member country on 7 September 1947; indeed, FAO was the first United Nations specialized agency the country joined. The first agreement between FAO and the Government of Pakistan (GoP) was signed on 17 June 1951 for the provision of technical assistance in agricultural policy and planning formulation. Both parties have since been working very closely for Pakistan's sustainable agriculture development.

UNODC - UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.

UNFPA - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA partners with governments, other agencies and civil society to advance UNFPA's mission.

WFP - WFP is taking practical steps to stabilise and improve the nutritional and food security levels of the most affected and vulnerable population in the country. Locally produced products called ‘Wawa Mum’ and ‘Acha Mum’ are being used in the community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme, in key districts across the country.

ILO - The ILO’s major work in Pakistan has covered a wide range of activities: promotion of International Labour Standards; prevention and elimination of child and bonded labour; job creation through employable skills; mainstreaming gender equality; strengthened labour market governance; employment and livelihoods recovery in response to conflicts and crises; expansion of social security schemes and social safety nets, especially in the informal economy and the promotion of tripartism and social dialogue.

UNOPS - UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, helping a range of partners implement $1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year. UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.


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