Azerbaijan 1998 Annual Report of the
United Nations Resident Coordinator
Azerbaijan 1998 Annual Report
18 February, 1999
Part Two of the Annual Report
2.1Methodology for Report Preparation
The annual report was prepared through a fully
participatory process that included frequent meetings with heads of
agencies and meetings of a task force which incorporated the
participation of heads of agencies. A UNDP focal point was
responsible for obtaining, summarising and editing all information submitted.
Although Country Team members were cooperative and
eager to participate in the report preparation exercise, pressing and
ongoing work-loads did, at times, delay the work of the task force.
2.2 Self-appraisal of the UN Country Team
based on the 1998 work plan
A. Have the members of the UN Country Team
been fully committed to working together?
With the arrival of the new UNICEF Representative in
January 1999, all Country Team members are now, to varying degrees,
recent arrivals in Azerbaijan, as each has assumed his/her post
within the past 16 months. However, after a warming up period, the UN
Country Team members have shown a clear commitment to working
cooperatively. Examples of this commitment in 1998 included: full
participation of all Agencies in the first UN Country Team Retreat;
contributions from five UN agencies (UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF, and
UNAIDS) to the launching of an initiative to combat the spread of
HIV/AIDS; joint organisation - by UNDP, UNHCR, UNIFEM and the
Government of Azerbaijan - of a regional conference on women in
conflict (held in Baku, and incorporating Armenian participation);
and joint meetings of Agency heads with high level Government
officials on matters related to policy issues.
B. Has the UN Country Team reached the overall
objectives and planned results set in the 1998 work plan of the
Resident Coordinator system?
Support to collaborative/more integrated UN programming:
An assessment of the ongoing UN programmes was
completed in August. The study assessed the extent to which UN
activities in Azerbaijan are coordinated and identified areas in
which improved cooperation and synergies among the agencies could
enhance the UN systems effectiveness in addressing the
countrys social, economic and political needs.
- Preparation of the Common Country
Assessment will be completed shortly.
- Disaster Management Training for UN
staff did not take place due to delays in national disaster
management project approvals. It is expected that training will occur
Follow-up to Global United Nations conferences:
As a follow-up to the Beijing Conference, a regional
conference on Human Rights and Gender and women in conflict,
"Womens Rights are Human Rights", was held in Baku in
May. This very successful conference was financed by UNDP, UNHCR and
UNIFEM and was attended by approximately 200 delegates from 13
regional countries, including a high-level delegation from Armenia.
Informal meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani officials were
organised. UNDPI arranged the media campaigns for the conference.
- As a follow-up to the Cairo
Conference, the Country Population Status Assessment for Azerbaijan
has been completed. UNFPA and UNDP were the focal points for this
initiative, which also incorporated the participation of all other
Agencies within the Country Team.
- As a follow-up to the framework
adopted at the May 1996 CISCON Conference in Geneva, representatives
of UNHCR travelled to Geneva for CISCON steering group workshops,
held between 15-18 June 1998. Presentations were made by four working
groups, on the following topics: NGO legislation in CIS countries;
humanitarian emergency assistance; repatriation and return of
refugees; and refugee law and protection.
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