UN Agencies in Kosovo
Working together with one aim
The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) entails of 21 United Nations agencies, funds and programs active in Kosovo; full list includes: UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNEP, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UNDSS, UNCTAD, FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UN WOMEN, UN HABITAT, UNHCR, UNOPS, WHO, and the two international financial institutions, the IMF and the WB.
They gather under UNKT umbrella to harmonize interventions, address all aspects of Kosovo development challenges and work together with the government, civil society and private sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and advance true Social Inclusion.
The work of the UNKT is made possible through use of established mechanisms and structures which are tasked to implement planned programmes and projects at the individual agency, or inter-agency level. The main strategic framework to guide the UNKT collective efforts in Kosovo is guided through the recently prepared “UNKT Common Development Plan 2011 – 2015” (CDP). The CDP is a document prepared based on UNDAF methodology and is closely aligned to the Kosovo EPAP, MTEF 2011 – 2013 and other strategic planning documents. The CDP was presented to the Kosovo highest officials including the Speaker and Members of the Parliament; Prime Ministers and Ministers; Donors and Civil Society and the media.
At the individual agency level the work is guided by their internal planning documents such as the Kosovo Programme and Action Plan which is in most cases aligned to both the CDP and to the Kosovo EPAP, MTEF and other strategic documents.
UNKT strives to work in full partnership with the 21 members of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, but more importantly with the government of Kosovo and other important stakeholders who are engaged in development work in the areas of employment, education, health, gender empowerment, environmental and social protection. UN agencies, funds and programmes support those policy processes that address the development priorities identified by the Kosovo government and assist the government in meeting these and internationally agreed development goals (IADGs) such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Social Inclusion (SI) agenda. Also, the UNKT builds strong partnership with Kosovo civil society to strengthen its capacities to dialogue with and to monitor the government in its role to ensure Kosovo’s wellbeing.
UNV Programme in Kosovo
The main roles of the UNV Programme in Kosovo are: 1) Fielding UN Volunteers inside and outside Kosovo, and 2) Promoting and advocating the concept of Volunteerism as a major form of civic engagement.
Since the establishment of UNV Programme in Kosovo in 1999, Kosovo has developed the largest UNV programme in the region, and the largest contingent of UN Volunteers. Whilst a large number of UN Volunteers were working under UNMIK administration, a considerable number of International and National UN Volunteers have also been working for various UN agencies in Kosovo and Kosovo Government institutions. In addition, we send qualified nationals abroad to work as International UN Volunteers elsewhere. UN Volunteers provide technical support and cooperation alongside UN agencies in relation to community-based initiatives, in humanitarian relief, and community development works in support of human rights and peace-building processes. UN Volunteers and National UN Volunteers specialists are people with certain academic background and several years of relevant experiences They can be professionals in respective areas of specialties but they are at the same time the people who agree to be a volunteers and to contribute to a community development effort and to provide technical skills and support for agencies’ works with given conditions of services.
UNV Kosovo has promoted and advocated Volunteerism for Development. This is a major form of civic engagement; it enhances inclusion and the participation of people in development and the mobilization of communities. UNV provides strategic advice on the role and contribution of volunteerism and options for civic engagement in development programmes which aim to improve public inclusion and participation in social, economic and political development, and support the growth of volunteerism within communities as a form of mutual self-help.
Currently, UNV Kosovo is working to enhance civil society participation, namely youth and vulnerable groups; raise awareness on local community issues and sustainable human development from the perspectives of Millennium Development Goals (Poverty, Gender and Environment).
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