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 stakeholders to working together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection.
The United Nations Development System (UNDS) will provide its knowledge, convening power and expertise to Member States in support of implementation through nationally owned, interlinked and transformative results. To do so, the United Nations is committed to delivering across mandates, sectors and institutional boundaries, and to practising more coherent and integrated system-wide strategic planning, implementation and reporting.
This document provides guidance for a new generation of the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) or equivalent planning frameworks that reflect the 2030 Agenda. The UNDAF provides a system-wide overview of key UN activities and functions at country level, in support of national policies, priorities and plans of programme countries, while ensuring coordination, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency for maximum impact. More specifically, UNDAF processes help enhance national ownership by:
- Recognizing, supporting and advocating for effective public policies, and use of national institutions, systems and domestic resources as the primary means of achieving the SDGs;
- Supporting and drawing upon national strategic planning processes as well as monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress towards the SDGs; mobilize support for using globally agreed SDG indicators; identify aggregate progress and progress for groups left behind; and highlight corrective actions required in the context of development cooperation;
- Supporting the stronger capacity of government and other stakeholders, including civil society and non-governmental organizations, at all levels with a view to achieving the SDGs;
- Promoting broader partnerships, including public-private partnerships, to achieve the SDGs;
- Supporting as appropriate technical and scientific cooperation and North-South, South-South and triangular, regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology, innovation and knowledge-sharing in order to achieve SDGs; and
- Encouraging the engagement and participation of relevant stakeholders and the broader population in national actions to achieve the SDGs, and thereby fostering ownership and leadership of those efforts.
This guidance acknowledges the primacy of prevention, and recognizes the importance of having a whole of UN system approach to sustaining peace and building peace in fragile and conflict-affected settings, in line with United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions. It thus contributes to actions for promoting closer working arrangements across the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding nexus.
 Stakeholders comprise governments, including line ministries; social partners, comprising workers’ and employers’ organizations; the private sector; civil society; non-governmental organizations and other development partners relevant to a given country.