About United Nations Country Team (UNCT)

 

The UN County Team (UNCT) coordinated by the UN Resident Coordinator is comprised of 19 UN Agencies, Funds and Programs (of whom 6 with full country presence – UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, IOM and UNOPS, 5 with in country project based offices – UNFPA, UN Women, FAO, ILO, UNODC and 8 operating without country presence – UN Habitat, OHCHR, UNESCO, UNECE, UNIDO, UNEP, UNCTAD, UNWTO, IAEA).

UN Team staff in Serbia comprises 568 staff members, 57 international and 511 national staff members.

UNCT works closely with the UN Department for Safety and Security, specialized UN office (UN Office in Belgrade) and 4 International Financial Institutions (WB, IMF, IFC and EBRD).

UNCT Serbia Development Activities

The concept of the UNCT originated in 1977, when the General Assembly (GA) established the concept of a single official (i.e. the Resident Coordinator) to coordinate operational activities within the UN system (GA Resolution 32/197). Over the years the concept has evolved, and the key role of the UNCT for the effective and efficient functioning of the UN system at the country level has been noted in all GA Resolutions on the Comprehensive Policy Review since 1992 (GA Resolutions 47/199, 50/120, 56/201, 59/201 and 62/208).

Efforts to strengthen the UNCT were emphasized by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his 1997 reform agenda. The 2005 World Summit also called for a strengthened UNCT in implementing the reforms at the country level.

The GA’s 2004 and 2007 Comprehensive Policy Reviews set out further measures to strengthen the UNCT, including greater accountability towards host governments and the inter-governmental process as well as within the UN system. They also mandated the UN system to become more coherent, effective and relevant, and to simplify and harmonize business practices. In addition, they endorsed the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) as the common planning tool for all the funds and programmes as a framework for the full UN system. The General Assembly also urged the UN system to use all opportunities to increase aid effectiveness.

Delivering as ONE/UN Coordination

According with the ongoing global reform of the UN development system UNCT Serbia is streamlining its operating procedures in line with the Delivering Together for Development principles.

DELIVERING AS ONE is the set of procedures that provide guidance to all countries where UN has development activities as to how to work together and ensure greater coherence, coordination in order to increase efficiency of delivering joint results for development.

UNCT Serbia strives towards greater coherence and effectiveness by applying the following elements:

o   One Leader – through UN Resident Coordinator,

o   One Programme – through Development Partnership Framework,

o   Common Premises – UN House in Serbia operational since 2015,

o   Operating as One – through Joint Business Operating Strategy

o   Communicating as One – through a number of joint public events

The Development Partnership Framework 2016-2020 is implemented jointly with the partners of the Government of Serbia and is ensured through the Joint National Steering Committee (chaired by the UN RC, Serbian EU Integration Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

In 2015 Common Premises were made available by the Government of Serbia to the UNCT in Serbia on rent free basis for a period of 10 years, allowing for a creation of the UN HOUSE in Serbia. This major achievement process further advanced the One UN approach and further strengthened coherence amongst the UNCT members.