This guidance supersedes the 2010 UNDAF guidance.
- It orients UN programming to the 2030 Agenda, and advances the ambition of more coherent programming approaches that bring together development, humanitarian, human rights and peacebuilding agendas.
- It updates the core programming principles that provide the normative foundation for the UNDAF and integrated programming in all country contexts, with leave no one behind as the overarching and unifying principle, underpinned by human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment; sustainability and resilience; and accountability.
- It makes the Common Country Analysis (CCA) a minimum requirement, and highly recommends a shared long-term visioning exercise, the UN Vision 2030. In doing this, it seeks to ensure that UNDAF interventions are informed by an in depth understanding of national contexts, and positioned in the medium and long-terms.
- It promotes a risk-informed approach to UNDAF design, implementation and monitoring. In particular, it acknowledges the importance of conflict analysis in the CCA in relevant contexts.
- It reaffirms using a theory of change in UNDAF design to develop a clearly articulated results chain, and help define where causality can and cannot be ascribed.
- It supports closer integration of UN normative and operational contributions, and alignment with international standards, as well as stronger linkages between the local, regional and global dimensions of sustainable development agendas, as articulated in the 2030 Agenda.
- It employs the jointly agreed MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) approach in supporting countries to adopt the 2030 Agenda and pursue the achievement of the SDGs in a systematic, evidence-informed and results-focused way.
- It highlights the criticality of reinforcing strategic planning and delivery effectiveness through the Business Operations Strategy (BOS), which ensures that programmatic interventions are supported by high-quality, efficient and expeditious integrated operational arrangements.
- It strengthens effective implementation of the UNDAF through UN system-wide instruments such as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including Results Groups, joint work plans and joint programmes.
- It updates the UNDAF annual review process to better inform the UN system and stakeholders on UNDAF implementation, and to make adjustments to the UNDAF, for example, due to changes in the external environment.
- It provides increased opportunities to leverage innovation, and calls for broader engagement of diverse actors to inform CCAs, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- It promotes greater transparency and accountability in the United Nations’ work.
- It emphasizes the role of disaggregated data collection and analysis in support of the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda.
- It introduces the element of financing the UNDAF in the context of the wider development financing landscape at the country level and overall investment in the SDGs.
- It introduces a set of quality criteria (see Annex 1) against which UNDAFs can be quality assured, monitored and evaluated.
This guidance 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. Throughout, there are links to a range of additional related materials including companion guidance on key aspects of UNDAF development, implementation and monitoring. This guidance complements the SOPs, a minimum set of actions underpinning effective and impactful implementation of new UNDAFs. The SOPs promote a coherent, integrated approach to programming, finance, budgeting, resource mobilization, leadership, communication and advocacy.
The UNDAF articulates the common and collective responsibilities of the UN system in supporting an integrated approach to sustainable development. In response to Members States’ call for more coordinated UN engagement, the UNDG has adopted a common approach for effective and coherent implementation support to the 2030 Agenda, under the acronym MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support).
Helping governments to land and contextualize the agenda at national and local levels, ultimately reflecting the agenda in national plans, strategies and budgets. This means mapping what a country is already doing and where it may need to change direction. It is also about continuing to sensitize national stakeholders about the new agenda.
Supporting governments and national stakeholders to target resources at root bottlenecks to sustainable development,paying special attention to synergies and trade-offs across sectors.
Providing coordinated and pooled policy support to countries that request it, drawing on the expertise and programmatic experience of each part of the United Nations. Supporting partnerships, the availability of quality data and analysis, and accountability cut across all three components.
MAPS is a common approach that is applied according to the development context and challenges faced, including in countries in transition or recovering from crisis.
 UN Vision 2030 refers to the United Nations’ vision in the country until the formal completion of the 2030 Agenda.
 See Eight case studies on integrating the UN’s normative and operational work – commissioned by UNDG.