UNDP and the UN System

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UN in Ghana

UNDP coordinates the development activities of the United Nations in Ghana. The UN promotes growth with equity in order to lift more than seven million Ghanaians out of poverty in Ghana. UNDP and other agencies have been propelling UN “Delivering as One”, and providing a coordinated response to Ghana’s national priorities.Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

The UNDP Resident Representative also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. The Resident Coordinator assumes overall responsibility for the operational and development activities of the United Nations system carried out at country level in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the government, and mandates and objectives of the United Nations system organisations. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012 – 2016, signed between Government of Ghana and the United Nations system in April 2011, presents the coherent vision and collective programme results the UN system seeks to achieve in support of key priorities of the Government’s development agenda.

Other roles of the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana

The RC acts as an advocate for the United Nations and is tasked with promoting and supporting effective dialogue and interaction between the UN development system and the government's policy-making and coordinating mechanisms, and those of NGOs. S/he also coordinates actions with other external partners.

The RC plays a vital facilitator role ensuring the flow of information between the United Nations system and the respective government and government institutions.

Alongside the government, the RC also plays a significant role in the creation and implementation of national strategy, specifically in relation to external assistance, including that provided by multi-lateral organisations in order to integrate their assistance into the state's development process. The RC also assists governments to follow up on major international conferences and particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the adoption of a coherent and coordinated approach at national and local levels.

While it is the task of individual governments to follow up on conferences and global development initiatives, particularly the MGs and other major initiatives, it is the RC's role to assist the government in this role, facilitating a United Nations follow-up to major international conferences at the field level.

It is also in the role of the RC to coordinate and regulate the activities of field level committees carrying out the functions of the various UN agencies, funds and programmes in the country. The RC also leads the UN System in their Emergency Assistance role. He provides leadership for the entire Humanitarian actors and help coordinate assistance using the Humanitarian Country Team fora.

UN agencies in the country

The United Nations Country Team works coherently and effectively to support Ghana in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, advancing equitable economic growth and reducing poverty, through capacity development, strengthening of accountability systems and the delivery of quality social services, with a focus on the most deprived and vulnerable populations.

In Ghana, The UN system has been operating since the 1960s, providing the country with relevant technical assistance required for sustainable economic and social development. With its range of complementary mandates and expertise, the UN endeavors to make a significant difference in the lives of the most vulnerable populations.

The UN system in Ghana is made up of 26 entities, some of them also serving as regional or sub-regional offices: FAO, IAEA, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDSS, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNIC, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNU-INRA, UN Volunteers, UN WOMEN, WFP, WHO and World Bank. Visit the UN in Ghana website for more information on our activities.

Contact UNDP in Ghana Communications Unit
Media Inquiries (Journalists) +233 302 215670 ext. 670
bossman.owusu@undp.org +233 302 773899
UN Resident Coordinator's Annual Report

2012 has been the first year of implementing the Ghana UNDAF Action Plan with a focus on the 11 strategic Outcomes for the 2012-2016 programming cycle. Each Outcome has been strongly supported by an Outcome Group that is convened by a senior programme officer from a UN agency with a lead role on the Outcome. All Outcome Group Conveners have been briefed on their roles and responsibilities, with agreed TORs for them and OG members.


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