Premises shared by UN organizations are an important component of the Secretary-General’s UN Reform Programme. The objective of common premises is to build closer ties among United Nations staff and promote a more unified presence at country level in a cost-effective manner.


Task Team on Common Premises

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Common Premises (TTCP) is an inter-agency group tasked with providing guidance and tools for UNCTs which intend to engage in UN House/UN Common Premises renovation, construction and/or relocation projects, and to study and recommend solutions to enhance efficiencies as well as to increase the number of UN House/UN Common Premises worldwide.

Common Premises

Common Premises entails the co-location of two or more resident United Nations entities present in a country. A Common Premises can be established at national and sub-national level, usually supported by a range of common services enabled by agency co-location.

Common Premises is a key enabler for common services and shared services(*) between agencies and forms an integral part of the United Nations efforts to harmonize common operations at the country level. The objectives are reflected in the local Business Operations Strategy (BOS) if the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) has a BOS in place. There can be more than one Common Premises at the national and sub-national level.
The primary objectives for establishing a Common Premises is to achieve greater utility of available resources;

  1. Cost efficiency through reduction of operational costs
  2. Effective utilization of shared resources
  3. Enhanced security
  4. Unified presence at the national and sub-national level

(*) A Shared Service is defined as two or more resident United Nations entities present in a country, whether or not co-located in a Common Premises that may engage in bi-lateral agreements with similar objectives to those for establishing a Common Premises.

United Nations House

The name United Nations House shall be conferred upon recommendation by the United Nations Development Group, where the following minimum conditions exist;

  1. Meets the minimum criteria for establishing a Common Premises.
  2. The United Nations House must house the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator.

The United Nations House is not necessarily a standalone building, and it may have satellite premises and may be referred to as United Nations House Annex. There will only be one United Nations House in any given country.