UNDP and the United Nations System in Afghanistan


Schoolboys pause as they cross the concrete bridge built through UNDP’s livelihoods programme. Photo: UNDP / Omer / 2015

UNDP makes available wealth of global knowledge and experience on development. It draws upon the expertise available in areas such as poverty reduction, democratic governance, gender equality, environmental sustainability, capacity development, and crisis prevention and recovery, and South-South Cooperation in the UNDP Regional Service Centres as well as the Headquarter units such the Bureaus for Crisis Prevention & Recovery, Development Policy and the Partnerships. In promoting South-South Cooperation, UNDP will also encourage government to tap on knowledge from countries and institutions in the Global South. UNDP continues to work closely with national and international United Nations Volunteers in the implementation of its projects.

United Nations Country Team

All UN agencies work hand in hand to ensure the effective implementation of our integrated mission agenda and achievement of the MDGs and other shared goals. Together, we form one United Nations Country Team (UNCT).

The UNCT’s overall vision and work is detailed in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). This framework outlines the key development challenges facing Afghanistan, taking particular account of its conflict-affected, transitional context. It also describes our core strategies, results-based management approach and mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation, coordination and implementation. 

The UNDAF specifies several priority areas and fundamental challenges facing Afghanistan that the UN can help to address. These are: equitable economic development, basic social services, social equity and investment in human capital, justice and rule of law, and accountable governance. 

United Nations Agencies in Afghanistan

  • FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
    As a knowledge organization, FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods.
  • ILO (International Labour Organization)
    The ILO brings together the governments, and employers' and workers' organizations of its 178 Member States in common action to improve social protection and conditions of life and work throughout the world.
  • IOM (International Organization for Migration)
    The (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration can benefit everyone.
  • IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks)
    IRIN delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the frontlines of crises to inspire and mobilise a more effective humanitarian response. After 19 years of award-winning coverage with the UN, we have just started a new chapter. IRIN is now an independent, non-profit media organization.
  • OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
    OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
  • UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)
    The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a political mission established by the Security Council in 2002 at the request of the Government to assist it and the people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development in the country.
  • UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
    UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member States, is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.
  • UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
    UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnerships for caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of generations.
  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
    The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication.
  • UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
    UNFPA is the largest international source of support in population and development, reproductive health and gender empowerment.
  • UN-HABITAT (United Nations Centre for Human Settlements)
    UN-HABITAT's mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustianable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
  • UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees)
    UNHCR's mandate to provide international protection and seek durable solutions for refugees comes from a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly.
  • UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)
    UNIDO's mission is to improve the living conditions of people and promote global prosperity through tailor-made solutions for the sustainable industrial development of developing countries and countries as well as economies in transition benefiting the economy, employment and environment.
  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
    UNICEF is devoted to guaranteeing the rights of all children to survival, development, protection and participation.
  • UNMACA (United Nations Mine Action Center for Afghanistan)
    Collectively known as the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA), mine action implementers in Afghanistan form one of the largest mine action programmes in the world.
  • UNOPS (UN Office for Project Services)
    The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is a self-financing entity of the United Nations system, which provides operational and management services worldwide to the United Nations agencies and governments.
  • UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
    UNODC supports the application of rule of law measures to respond to human security challenges and promotes health and development. The main areas of intervention are illicit trafficking, anti-corruption, criminal justice, drug demand reduction, HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users, prisoners and other vulnerable groups, and sustainable livelihoods.
  • UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
    UNODC supports the application of rule of law measures to respond to human security challenges and promotes health and development. The main areas of intervention are illicit trafficking, anti-corruption, criminal justice, drug demand reduction, HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users, prisoners and other vulnerable groups, and sustainable livelihoods.
  • UNV Afghanistan (United Nations Volunteers)
    The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
  • UN Women (United Nations Development Fund for Women)
    UN Women works to promote gender equality between women and men, and to advance the status of women. UN Women brings women's interests and concerns to the world development agenda.
  • WFP (World Food Programme)
    WFP seeks to eradicate global hunger and poverty. It meets emergency needs, supports economic & social development and works to put hunger at the centre of the international agenda.
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
    WHO is a specialized agency within the Charter of the United Nations and was established in 1948 "for the purpose of co-operation among themselves and with others to promote the health for all people."

 

 

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