UNDP and the UN System
To support the implementation of the UN development System reform and the new reinvigorated UN RC system, UNDP provides essential administrative support to the Office of the UN Development Coordinator through a Global Service Level Agreement. The UNDP Resident Representative is Ms. Maria Suokko while the UN Development Coordinator representing the UN system is Ms. Ulrika Richardson. As the chair of the UN Kosovo Team, a team comprising of all the heads of UN agencies, the Development Coordinator provides overall leadership for UN strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development assistance. The effectiveness of the UN Development Coordinator System is central to providing the highest quality services to advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development.
UN agencies in Kosovo
Working together with one aim
The United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) is composed of 18 United Nations agencies, funds and programmes active in Kosovo; full list includes: FAO, IOM, OHCHR, UNWOMEN, UNDP, UNDSS, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNOPS, UNV, WHO and the two international financial institutions, the IMF and the World Bank .
Each agency, fund or programme, has its own mandate and provides support to Kosovo in its respective areas of specialization – be it health, education, children and human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality, good governance, agriculture, assistance to migrants in need, refugees and internally displaced people, assistance in urban and rural settlements, economic development and employment.
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.
The UNKT is chaired by the United Nations Development Coordinator (UNDC), who supports and facilitates the dialogue and coordination of the UNKT in order to ensure collaboration in a concerted and harmonized manner, with a view to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the UNKTs’ interventions in Kosovo.
As UNKT is made up of 18 individual organizations, each one is accountable for their own policies and programmes. The UNKT provides a facility for the organizations to coordinate between themselves development efforts, share information and experiences and in some cases have common services. The UNKT does not make policy or programme decisions on behalf of individual organizations.
UNV Programme in Kosovo
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into peace and development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
UNV works under a dual mandate – to mobilize volunteers for the United Nations System and to advocate for the importance of volunteerism in development worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1999 in the immediate aftermath of the conflict and in line with its mandate, the UNV programme in Kosovo has mobilized the largest number of UN Volunteers in the region and has promoted volunteerism in Kosovo as a major form of civic engagement. UNV has established long standing partnerships with key stakeholders that support youth sector: Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Kosovo Municipalities and Youth Organizations and Community Based Volunteer Involving Organizations and Academia.