Introduction

On 25 September 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The 2030 Agenda commits all countries and stakeholders1 to working together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

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What's new in this guidance?

This guidance supersedes the 2010 UNDAF guidance and complements the SOPs. It comprises two parts: Part 1 describes the principles and approaches for integrated programming required to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the country level. Part 2 describes how the United Nations develops and manages UNDAFs.

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Principles for integrated programming

The 2030 Agenda is universal, integrated, transformative and people-centred. It is grounded in human rights, and focused on the promise to reduce inequalities and leave no one behind. Aligned with the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is applicable and relevant to all countries. As interdependent goals, the SDGs require coherent efforts at all levels by governments, the United Nations and all other stakeholders.

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Key approaches for integrated programming

Within UNDAFs, the United Nations employs six mutually reinforcing programming approaches to deliver on the unifying principle of leaving no one behind and the other four integrated programming principles. These programming approaches, described on the following pages, apply to UNDAFs in all country contexts.

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The Roadmap for an UNDAF

UNDAFs go beyond the compilation of organization-specific plans. The United Nations develops them in an inclusive manner in close collaboration with national governments, civil society and other stakeholders. The roadmap for an UNDAF lays out the process for its development with a timeline and clarity on who does what.

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Common Country Analysis

The CCA is a required and essential element of every UNDAF process. It is the UN system’s independent and mandate-based articulation of the country context, opportunities and challenges, encompassing sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, peace and security, and humanitarian perspectives.

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UN Vision 2030

The UN Vision 2030 helps the UN system answer the question: “How does the medium term UNDAF fit into the longer term 2030 Agenda?” It articulates how successive UNDAF results are intended to build on each other to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in a given country. It makes reference to any existing national 2030 visioning paper.

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Developing the UNDAF

Based on evidence provided by the CCA, the UN system ensures the following elements are common to all UNDAF development processes.

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Financing the UNDAF

The development impact of the UNDAF will largely depend on the capacity of the UNCT to optimally finance it. It is highly recommended to prepare an UNDAF financing strategy because it ensures that: UN activities are appropriately costed and resourced; UN resources catalyse larger financial flows to implement the 2030 Agenda; and incentives embedded into UN financing mechanisms promote inter-agency collaboration and coherence.

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Coordination and Management Arrangements

To implement the UNDAF, the UN system establishes and clarifies roles, responsibilities and necessary processes for oversight, coordination, management, partnership arrangements, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

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Results Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are essential for accountability and learning from the UNDAF. They are the basis on which the UN system assesses and makes transparent its contribution to the achievement of national priorities and the SDGs. They help the United Nations ensure that it is delivering on the commitment to leave no one behind, and that its support is primarily reaching those who are most disadvantaged.

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Annexes

Annexes of the 2017 UNDAF guidance.

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