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The Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations launch a New Cooperation Framework (2011-2015) PDF Print E-mail
Baku, 9 July, 2010 - The Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations in Azerbaijan signed the next United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), a five-year collaboration which aligns the UN prospective development activities with the State Programme for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development (2008-2015). Expectations are high that the role and contribution of the UN system to national development will become more coherent, effective and relevant, as well as provide better support for the government in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Abid Sharifov, and the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Fikret Akcura, signed the UNDAF Alognside government officials and representatives from the UN agencies.
"Since 1992, a valuable cooperation between the Government and the United Nations has been ranging from delivering relief aid to the internally displaced people and refugees as well as contributing to post-conflict recovery, including building national capacity in mine clearance, to eventual shifting focus on long-term development, providingpolicy advice in achieving poverty reduction, sustained economic growth and sustainable development. The Government and the United Nations are committed to strengthening their further partnership to fully realize national development priorities," Mr. Sharifov said.
Mr. Fikret Akcura thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for the appreciation of the UN’s support which keeps broadening and deepening. The UN Resident Coordinator said, “With this UNDAF, the UN is committed to supporting Azerbaijan’s vision of peace and recovery, sustainable growth and prosperity. We will further build up our partnership on the remarkable gains of the Government in strengthening economic and social development in Azerbaijan over the last years, and are determined to deliver better results, more efficiently and effectively, in support of nationally-led and demand-driven development programmes.
The signing ceremony is a culmination of the joint intensive consultations with the Government of Azerbaijan, UN agencies (both resident and non-resident), development partners, donors, private sector, and representatives from civil society held in the course of the last year. The areas of focus under this new UNDAF reflect a consensus reached through a participatory and inclusive process. Led by the Ministry of Economic Development which provided a strategic oversight over the entire UNDAF formulation process, all potential development and implementing partners took part in the involving undertaking, thereby contributing effectively to the final product.
The next UNDAF represents the intended focus of the UN development support between the period 2011 and 2015, and focuses on those areas where the UN has comparative advantage and proven track record where the UN can add value. The cooperation framework focuses on three programme areas: economic development, social development, and good governance, and aims to deliver the following outcomes by 2015:
  • A diversified economy ensuring sustainable growth across many sectors, generating decent work opportunities and improved incomes for all regions and social groups;
  • Improved and equal access to quality health, education and social protection services; and
  • More transparent and accountable public institutions, staffed by a professional civil service and guided by appropriate laws enforced by a responsive judicial system to ensure the legal protection of the rights of all, including the most vulnerable.
The new UNDAF will also emphasize further advancing gender equality, integrating risk reduction into development programmes, and strengthening Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) as the cross-cutting areas, given that the elaboration of M&E indicators against which to measure progress towards the expected results has been integral to the development of new UNDAF and will further guide its implementation.
The UN agencies will provide assistance and technical support in implementing the next UNDAF which is estimated at US$92.5 million. The UN Country Team, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator, will be responsible for the harmonization, alignment and results-orientation within the UN system, in partnership with the development partners, to ensure the delivery of the UNDAF outcomes.
The signature of the new UNDAF initiates the process towards implementation of the newly endorsed document which will build on the achievements made within the first UNDAF (2005-2010) in Azerbaijan. This is the first critical step as part of a commitment which the UN is taking jointly with the government to ensure that the space will be created, that the capacities will be built, and the resources provided to implement the programmes earmarked in the new cooperation framework.

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