UNDP and the UN System
Globally, UNDP plays a dual role, as development partner and as manager of the United Nations Resident Coordinator system, pursuant to its mandate from the United Nations General Assembly.
The Resident Coordinator system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development. It aims to bring together the different United Nations agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. Resident Coordinators, who are managed through UNDP, lead United Nations Country Teams (a team comprising heads of the United Nations Agencies) in more than 160 countries and are the designated representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General for development. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams (UNCTs) advocate the interests and mandate of the United Nations drawing on the support and guidance of the entire United Nations family.
In Azerbaijan, as it is the case in most programme countries, the UNDP Resident Representative assumes the role of Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system and chairs the UNCT. The Resident Coordinator is directly assisted by the Resident Coordinator's Office, which is also managed through UNDP.
To ensure that all United Nations assistance provided to Azerbaijan is aligned with the national development agenda, the UNCT formulates a joint assistance strategy every five years, which is called the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). A new UNDAF for the period 2011-2015 is being implemented in Azerbaijan since 1 January 2011.
The UNDAF is based on the priorities of the State Programme for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development (2008-2015) and offers strong support to Azerbaijan’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015.
UNDAF framework consists of three specific Outcomes, which reflect the UNCT’s collective priorities in the areas of:
Economic development: The UN System will support diversification of Azerbaijan’s economy as a basis for improving decent work opportunities and reducing regional differences in living standards and employment. It will also promote environmental sustainability strategies and increase resilience of vulnerable populations to climate change impacts.
Social Development: The UN System will support development of an effective social protection system for old age groups, low-income families and vulnerable populations, and improving the quality of and ensuring equal access to affordable basic health and education services.
Governance: The UN system will support Azerbaijan in building more transparent and accountable public institutions, staffed by a professional civil service, guided by appropriate laws enforced by a responsive judicial system, all of which are necessary to ensure the legal protection of the rights of all.
The UNDAF also emphasizes the special concerns of women’s development and disaster risk reduction as a cross-cutting theme.
UNDP's Country Programme 2011-2015 is derived from and contributes to implementation of the UNDAF.