UNDP and the UN System

helen clark and government representative in the conference5th high level intergovernmental conference on delivering as one. Credit: UNDP Albania

Following a request from the Albanian Government, Albania was selected as one of the eight pilot countries around the world to implement the Delivering as One UN (DaO) initiative in January 2007. Building on the existing reform agenda set by UN member states, the “One UN” concept aims to achieve better and faster national development priorities, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

On 24 October 2007, the Government of Albania and eleven UN Agencies, funds and programmes signed the One UN Programme. The programme aimed to enhance development results and impact by bringing together the comparative advantages of the UN system within a single strategic programme.

The Government of Albania – United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 was signed on 24 October 2011, superseding the first One UN programme. Its goal is to promote sustainable and equitable development, social inclusion and the adherence to international norms and fulfilment of international obligations, in support of the integration of Albania into the EU. The new Programme supports national priorities and development challenges of the country in the areas of:

  • Governance and Rule of Law
  •  Economy and environment
  • Regional and Local development
  • Inclusive Social Policy

 UNDP in partnership with other resident and nonresident UN agencies, funds and programmes has been a key contributor to UN reform through the One UN Programme.

As in all countries where it operates, UNDP houses the RC system for coordination of the UN country team. As a partner organization to UN agencies working in the country, UNDP participates in the implementation of joint UN programmes. UNDP is an active partner to the Government of Albania, bilateral and multilateral development partners and other UN agencies in harmonization of development assistance.

UNDP also acts as the Administrative Agent to the Coherence Fund in support of the One UN Programme in Albania. UNDP’s role was agreed by participating UN Agencies in the One UN Pilot in Albania.

How does this work?

Funding received from donors is put into a One UN Coherence Fund. On behalf of the participating UN Agencies, the Administrative Agent receives donor contributions, administers the funds, and disburses them as instructed by the Joint Executive Committee chaired by the Head of the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination and the UN Resident Coordinator. As Administrative Agent, UNDP is also responsible for consolidating reports from participating UN Agencies for submission to the UN Resident Coordinator.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Participating UN Organizations and UNDP regarding the Operational Aspects of the One UN Coherence Fund for Albania.

The new programme brings together the support of 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes, plus the International Organisation for Migration, to support Albania’s development priorities.

UN agencies in the country