UN Country Programming in the Context of the 2030 Agenda



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United Nations System Staff College

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4 days
24 hours
Bonn, Germany
2500 USD
Start date
3 September 2019
End date
6 September 2019
Registration deadline
23 August 2019

Course summary

The course will equip the UN staff at country, regional and global levels with a solid understanding of the fundamental shift that underpins the preparation of the new generation of UNDAFs as the single most important UN instrument for planning and implementation.

About this course

On 31 May 2018, all 193 countries agreed to take forward the most ambitious and comprehensive change process of the UN development system to make the UN fit for purpose to support the 2030 Agenda. To effectively deliver on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, a new generation of strategic, flexible, results- and action-oriented UNDAFs is needed at country level. The revitalized UNDAF should reflect the UN’s contribution to real improvements in people’s lives while respecting the choices and opportunities open to them and is integral to a UN’s role that is more focused, relevant to the agenda at hand, and invested in the value-add that the UN brings together to a country. The revitalized UNDAF Guidance was adopted by UN SDG to promote a full transition to a new generation of UNDAFs as a single and primacy UN document for the UN support on the 2030 Agenda, including in the humanitarian and crisis contexts.

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has developed a course to enable the UN staff at country level and those in respective oversight and support roles at regional and global level to design more flexible and impactful medium-to-long term strategic frameworks for the UN, governments and other stakeholders to improve people’s lives with leaving no one behind. The course offers a mix of knowledge and skills to build the capacities of the UN for designing news UNDAFs as a vehicle for leveraging financing and investment, an advocacy strategy, an enabler for greater efficiencies, and a compact for mutual accountability and transparency. Participants will gain an enhanced knowledge of UN programming tools and instruments and their practical application in UN development work.

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Target audience

Regional and Country Office staff, field level managers, UN strategic planners, Chairs/members of UNDAF groups/task teams and UN Coordination officers/advisors.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will:

  • have a common understanding of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its implications for the effectiveness of UN System work at country level;
  • have a common vision of the new generation of UNDAFs as a partnership framework for delivering the UNDS’ collective response in support of the country’s sustainable development needs and priorities;
  • understand how UNDAFs will aim at accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda implementation by addressing bottlenecks with a focus on those left behind;
  • understand how UNDAFs will serve as a vehicle to leverage and channel financing and investment in the country’s sustainable development priorities;
  • be able to use the revised UNDAF Guidance and the accompanying Companion Pieces, and the Standard Operating Procedures to effectively support national efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.