UN Country Team responses that leave no one behind

The reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system has enabled UN Country Teams to strengthen joint planning and programming and draw on relevant expertise from across the system to tackle complex, interconnected problems—replacing sectoral approaches to better support countries to achieve the SDGs.

11

countries have started implementing new Cooperation Frameworks in 2020

32

countries have started the design of new Cooperation Frameworks for implementation in 2021

57%

of UN Country Teams are on track to replace previous UN Development Assistance Frameworks by the end of 2021

Responses Cooperation Frameworks

A dashboard on the implementation status of the Cooperation Frameworks in every country is available on the UN Sustainable Development Group website, including a new section of governing-board review of the entity-specific country programmes

New Common Country Analyses and Cooperation Frameworks increasingly demonstrate a stronger integrated response to national SDG challenges, particularly through more and better policy support, and wider engagement of development partners.

Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, the Cooperation Framework connects with regional UN development system assets and the EU Strategy and is based on extensive consultation with over 1400 people, including from marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Uzbekistan
In Uzbekistan, the Cooperation Framework connects with regional UN development system assets and the EU Strategy and is based on extensive consultation with over 1400 people, including from marginalized and vulnerable groups.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=318

Uganda

In Uganda, the UN Country Team configuration dialogue saw an increase in Cooperation Framework signatory agencies to 29 (from 18 in the previous UN Development Assistance Framework cycle).
Uganda
In Uganda, the UN Country Team configuration dialogue saw an increase in Cooperation Framework signatory agencies to 29 (from 18 in the previous UN Development Assistance Framework cycle).
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=320

The increase in wider UN system engagement in both the Common Country Analyses and Cooperation Frameworks is clear

Regional Economic and Social Commissions

are now full-fledged members of 49 UN Country Teams, from 40 in 2019

The World Bank

is a member of 53 UN Country Teams and has signed 12 Cooperation Frameworks/UN Development Assistance Frameworks

The International Monetary Fund

is part of 28 UN Country Teams and has signed 4 Cooperation Frameworks/UN Development Assistance Frameworks

More and better access to relevant technical capacities, integrated policy support and thought leadership is vital for tailored support in countries, and Governments have noted these improvements

Government feedback: UN adequately provides policy advice that is:

 
88%

of programme country Governments agree that the UN provides policy advice that is integrated, compared to 77% in 2019

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88% of programme country Governments agree that the UN provides policy advice that is integrated, compared to 77% in 2019
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=329

Government feedback: Change in relevance of the UN for countries’ development needs in the past three years

 

Government feedback: UN presence is adequately tailored to meet countries' specific challenges

 
87%

of programme country Governments agree that the UN presence is adequately tailored to meet countries' specific challenges, compared to 76% in 2019

of programme country Governments agree that the UN presence is adequately tailored to meet countries' specific challenges, compared to 76% in 2019
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=333

Increased integrated policy support and thought leadership has served to respond to specific country needs, including by tackling cross-border and regional challenges

Colombia, Brazil and Peru

The Resident Coordinators in Colombia, Brazil and Peru brought UN Country Teams and national authorities together to address the COVID-19 impact in the Amazon region, supporting local authorities to deliver health, legal and socio-economic assistance to migrants, refugees and indigenous people, especially women.
Colombia, Brazil and Peru
The Resident Coordinators in Colombia, Brazil and Peru brought UN Country Teams and national authorities together to address the COVID-19 impact in the Amazon region, supporting local authorities to deliver health, legal and socio-economic assistance to migrants, refugees and indigenous people, especially women.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=335

Samoa and Barbados

The Resident Coordinators in Samoa and Barbados have been leading an initiative to develop a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index to move beyond GDP as a measure of development needs, and consider the unique challenges faced by Small Island Developing States.
Samoa and Barbados
The Resident Coordinators in Samoa and Barbados have been leading an initiative to develop a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index to move beyond GDP as a measure of development needs, and consider the unique challenges faced by Small Island Developing States.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=337

Enhanced coordination also helped UN Country Teams to swiftly prepare COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plans geared to support countries to recover better

  • UN Socio-Economic Response Plans were prepared for 139 countries to support the provision of essential services, strengthen social protection services, protect jobs and vulnerable workers and maintain social cohesion.
  • UN Socio-Economic Response Plans align to SDG trajectories and include a focus on a green recovery, digitalization and inclusion.
  • The majority of the Socio-Economic Response Plans is set to end on 31 December 2021 and their priorities will be integrated into the ongoing Cooperation Frameworks, anchoring the UN’s response to the pandemic and SDG-aligned recovery in national development priorities.

Bahrain

In Bahrain, the collective UN socio-economic response includes climate action, clean energy and water.
Bahrain

Mongolia and Indonesia

In Mongolia and Indonesia, UN joint programmes included in COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plans aim to reduce vulnerabilities to poverty and climate change. 
Mongolia and Indonesia
In Mongolia and Indonesia, UN joint programmes included in COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plans aim to reduce vulnerabilities to poverty and climate change.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=343

Argentina

In Argentina, the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plan has a strong focus on supporting green jobs and production in the context of Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement.
Argentina
In Argentina, the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plan has a strong focus on supporting green jobs and production in the context of Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=345

Barbados

In Barbados, as part of the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plans, the UN Country Team supports sustainable production and consumption including through private sector and youth engagement.
Barbados
In Barbados, as part of the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plans, the UN Country Team supports sustainable production and consumption including through private sector and youth engagement.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=347

UN Country Teams have also strengthened their focus on the most vulnerable groups and those left behind

  • All Cooperation Frameworks and UN Socio-Economic Response Plans developed in 2020 identify vulnerable groups more clearly and increasingly involve them in the programme design process.
  • UN Country Teams now report on their support to gender equality and women’s empowerment, youth, and disability inclusion through new corporate scorecards.

Synergies across development, humanitarian and peacebuilding interventions in countries or situations at risk or affected by conflict were also strengthened

In 2020, UN Country Team engagement with the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) leveraged investments of $51.4 million in 26 projects, with a focus on the Sahel.

Burkina Faso

In Burkina  Faso, nearly 2,000 civilians received free health care at military health centers.
Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, nearly 2,000 civilians received free health care at military health centers.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=351

Guinea

In Guinea, 160 youth and 800 women were provided training on leadership, electoral processes and conflict resolution, while 500 vulnerable youth benefited from quick-impact livelihood opportunities to dissuade them from becoming involved in violence.
Guinea
In Guinea, 160 youth and 800 women were provided training on leadership, electoral processes and conflict resolution, while 500 vulnerable youth benefited from quick-impact livelihood opportunities to dissuade them from becoming involved in violence.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=353

Nigeria

In Nigeria, institutional capacity was built to promote peaceful relations through an approach that advances women’s rights, securing a national budget line to implement the women, peace and security agenda.
Nigeria
In Nigeria, institutional capacity was built to promote peaceful relations through an approach that advances women’s rights, securing a national budget line to implement the women, peace and security agenda.
https://unsdg.un.org/2021-unsdg-chair-report/responses?card=355