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The United Nations in Cabo Verde 

The United Nations has been in Cabo Verde since its independence in 1975, working together with the Government, development partners, civil society, and the private sector towards sustainable, social, and economic development based on the promotion of peace, respect for human rights, gender equality, the reduction of regional asymmetries, and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

The new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in Cabo Verde, covering from 2018-2022, was inspired by the integrated vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its key premise of "leaving no one behind," as well as the principles of women's rights, gender equality and empowerment; sustainability, resilience, and responsibility. Therefore, this UNDAF builds on Cabo Verde's aspirations and vision, as expressed in the country's commitment to the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. As such, it is aligned with the Government Program for the IX Legislature and the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development (PEDS 2017-2021, "PEDS" for its acronym in Portuguese) of the country, and responds to the jointly identified national strategic priorities, where the United Nations system has a comparative advantage.   


  1. In January 2006, in response to the recommendations of the RTAP (Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review) and ECOSOC, the Executive Committee of the United Nations Group for Sustainable Development (UNDG) and the Government of Cape Verde agreed to establish a Single United Nations office, formally known as the Office of the United Nations Funds and Programmes in Cabo Verde and currently as the Joint Office of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF. Cabo Verde thus becomes the first and only country in the world to have a joint office for these agencies, which has proven to be a new and innovative approach, a greater architecture of change, regarding the UN's presence.  
  2. In 2007, under the strong leadership of the Government, which showed its determination to strengthen the UN's operational activities, both at the local and national levels, the country and the United Nations agreed to implement Delivering as One (DaO). DaO brings a new approach to cooperation, with a UN focused on greater harmonization and the impact of its collaboration in Cabo Verde by intending to improve populations' living conditions by promoting sustainable economic and social inclusion, which emphasizes the well-being and protection of present and future generations.  
  3. On January 1, 2008, Cabo Verde graduated toa middle-income country. The act that marked the transition period, as a former part of the archipelago of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), took place on December 27, 2007, with the official delivery, by the Government (to the then SecretaryGeneral of the UN), of the Information Report on this graduation process, which contained the essential points of the declaration of the UN assistance Group for the Transitional Period (GAT), to, namely, draw the attention of the International Community to the significant challenges of Cabo Verde as one of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS, and the Government's expectations for the postgraduate period. In this context, the United Nations' role was crucial in strengthening the dialogue on financing for development in Cabo Verde.  
  4. In June 2016, with technical assistance from the United Nations system in Cabo Verde, the Government held a high-level dialogue with all members of the United Nations Government and Country Team  to discuss the process of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national planning. This meeting provided an opportunity for a high-level strategic briefing and in-depth discussion. 
  5. With significant support from the United Nations in Cabo Verde and other development partners, national authorities presented the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development (PEDS) 2017-2021, resulting from a participatory process that lays the foundation for sustainable development in Cabo Verde to build a better future for all. The PEDS is in line with the 2030 Agenda principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018, Cabo Verde presented the Voluntary National Review (VNR) on implementing the SDGs in Cape Verde. 
  6. In 2018, the new strategic cooperation plan 2018-2022 began. It is the third generation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), reaffirming the United Nations' commitment to continue accompanying the socio-economic development of Cabo Verde, through contributions from agencies, funds, and programmes, in a joint, integrated, and coherent way, and aligned with the PEDS, the vision of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Besides, the United Nations has played a crucial role, together with development partners, in aligning the interrelated financing of the SDG/ PEDS better to assess financial flows, and access new financing and partnerships to support SDG investments. 

For more information, visit: https: //caboverde.un.org

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