UNDP and the UN System
UNDP has played a key role in working for maximal coherence and cooperation across the UN system since the ‘One UN’ reforms of 2006. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)
About the UN Country Team and the Resident Coordinator
United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) exist in 136 countries covering all of the 180 countries where there are United Nations programmes.
The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General. The RC reports to the UN Secretary-General through the Chair of the UN Development Group. The work of the Resident Coordinator (RC) has been a key element of the ‘One UN’ reforms.
The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision-making at the country level. Through the Country Team, individual agencies are able to plan and work together, as part of the Resident Coordinator system, to deliver results in support of the development agenda of the Government.
In Timor-Leste, the UNCT makes decisions through a consultative process. UNCT members develop operational programmes for development to support the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) priorities. The UNCT also helps develop proposals regarding pooling country level fundraising and joint financing, based on Timor-Leste’s needs and priorities, as expressed in the UNDAF.
Joint programmes involving two or more UN organizations and national partners have also been developed to further support coordination efforts. These programmes exemplify the One UN approach, making the most of the complementary mandates of the different UN programmes, funds and agencies.
UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in Timor-Leste
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2015-2019 provides a framework for a strong and fruitful partnership between the UN System and Timor-Leste over this five year period. The partnership outlined in this UNDAF is particularly significant as for the first time since the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste in 2002, the UN System will focus solely on sustainable development, with the Government fully in charge of its country’s development without the presence of a UN peacekeeping or political mission.
As the country moves forward on its development path, away from a post-conflict setting, the UN System has also adapted its presence and mandate to better meet the needs and priorities of Timor-Leste at this juncture in the country’s development.
The UNDAF builds on the extensive research and analysis conducted by the Government and its development partners to support the development vision outlined in the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030. While great progress has been reached in all development areas, much work remains to be done to meet the aspirations of the Timorese people to create a prosperous, strong and inclusive nation.
UN agencies in Timor-Leste
- Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- International Labor Ogranization (ILO)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- UNESCO National Commission for Timor-Leste
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- World Food Programme (WFP)
- World Health Organisation (WHO)