UNDP and the UN System

Delivering as One for Mozambique development

UNSG with  UNCT MembersiUN General Secretary with members of the UN Mozambique Country Team during his visit to the country in May 2013. Mozambique is one of the pilot countries of the UN reform initiate (Phot UN Moz.)

In 2006, the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on System-wide Coherence, which Prime Minister Luisa Diogo from Mozambique co-chaired, made recommendations, which led to the Delivering as One reforms.

In 2007, the Government of Mozambique agreed that Mozambique should be one of the eight pilot countries for Delivering As One. Subsequently, the UN Country Team developed a range of mechanisms and structures to move forward, including the finalization of the Delivering As One operational plan and start-up of the “five ones” (one programme, one budgetary framework and one fund, one leader, one office/common services, and one voice).

The UN system is called to become more coherent, efficient and effective, and achieve greater impact when responding to national development priorities. The major elements towards greater coherence are:

  • joint programming,
  • common services, and
  • harmonized business practices.   

The UNDP Resident Representative in Mozambique is also the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) representing the UN system. As the chair of the UN Country Team (a team comprising the heads of UN agencies), the Resident Coordinator provides overall leadership for the United Nations strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development.

The effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator System is central to providing ever higher quality services to programme countries to enable them to accelerate MDG progress, advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development.

According to UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, “When we empower Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams, streamline decision-making, and lay out clear lines of accountability, we do improve the coherence, effectiveness, and efficiency of the UN at the country level.”

The UN Country Team developed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Mozambique for the period of 2012 to 2015.  It encompasses all the wok of UN agencies in the country and focuses on working in partnership with the government, civil society and other development partners. It aims to provide to Mozambique, the highest quality policy advice and target support to national development priorities.

UN agencies in the Mozambique

The UN Country Team in Mozambique comprises the following resident and non-resident agencies: