It is highly recommended that the UN undertakes a visioning exercise alongside the CCA, and that the UN Vision 2030 becomes the precursor for UNDAF prioritization. The UN Vision 2030 builds on the evidence produced by the CCA.
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.
The UN Vision 2030 is a two- to three-page document that lays out:
- The UN system’s working assumptions in terms of longer term development planning over the duration of the 2030 Agenda;
- The evolving role and position of the UN system (including, where appropriate, coherence with an integrated UN mission) for the duration of the 2030 Agenda; and
- The ways in which the CCA and the contribution of successive UNDAFs represent logical steps in the longer term results areas that define the UN system’s primary contributions to supporting national attainment of the 2030 Agenda.
Some longer term trends that may extend beyond the horizon of the UNDAF period include inequality trends, opportunities and risks such as demographic change, climate change, gender gaps, regional conflicts, vulnerability to natural disasters, economic transition and growth, technological advancements and migration patterns.
The UN Vision 2030 process also takes into account the fulfilment of and reporting on long-range commitments as well as international and regional conventions and treaties ratified by the country, such as the Paris Agreement, the Universal Periodic Review, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit and the 2016 General Assembly Summit on Large Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants. It can provide opportunities for effective advocacy and communications activities.
Preparation of the UN Vision 2030 marks the beginning of and seamlessly leads into the identification of the strategic priorities for the subsequent UNDAF. As with the CCA, the development of the UN Vision 2030 is undertaken in a collaborative and consultative manner. The UN system at country level is encouraged to share the UN Vision 2030 with the regional Peer Support Group and Regional UNDG for quality assurance and further guidance. In such cases, the regional team will be expected to provide feedback within two weeks. The UN Vision 2030 is formally revisited and revised every UNDAF cycle, although the UN system may choose to update it at any point based on developments at the country level.
Companion guidance on the UN Vision 2030 provides practical tips and tools for preparation, along with country examples.