Pakistan's "'One UN' Programme"Feb 23, 2009
The United Nations Pakistan’s One Programme Document was signed on 4 February. The ceremony was overseen by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
The pilot experiment is expected to lead to improved development delivery with sixty to eighty percent of Pakistan's UN resources channeled through the "One UN" Programme until 2010.
The initiative will encompass five "Joint Programs" reflecting the major areas of UN support to the developmental processes in Pakistan: agriculture, rural development and poverty reduction; education; health and population; environment; and disaster risk management. Four cross cutting issues have been ideitified: civil society engagement, human rights, gender equality and refugees.
Ban said that “by realigning the UN to combine the individual strengths of the UN agencies, I am confident that the UN will be able to better serve the government, the donors and most importantly the people.”
Gillani added that “in light of the very difficult times that the country and its people have been through and are still going through, a more unified and effective response by the development sector and in particular the United Nations, will greatly benefit the people.”
The Government of Pakistan has been leading the UN Reform process, ensuring the planning and development of all joint initiatives under the One UN Programme.
“Delivering as One” UN is the result of a UN Reform process that will bring together the strengths of all UN agencies to increase efficiency and efficacy in a transparent and
accountable manner for better service delivery to the beneficiaries and coordination and
support to the Government, Donors and implementing partners, contributing
significantly towards human development for the people in Pakistan – especially the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – and to deliver humanitarian assistance when
necessary and further aligning its activities with national priorities and procedures in line
with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.