The United Nations Development Assistance Framework gets one step closer
The Commonwealth of Dominica hosted a one-day in-country consultation on July 26th, as part of preparations in developing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States for the period 2012 to 2016.
The consultation is one of eight in-country consultations being organized by the United Nations Sub-regional Team (UNSST) in partnership with participating governments and the OECS secretariat during the period July to September 2010.
UN resident coordinator Ms Michelle Gyles-McDonnough said that during the consultation, the participants were engaged in strategic dialogue with senior representatives of the UNST from the regional teams.
“It allows the United Nations system to achieve results-oriented collaboration and coherence. It allows us to focus on critical development priorities with the UN system,” she said.
In 1997, as part of the UN reform agenda, the then United Nations Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan called upon the un to articulate a coherent vision and strategy for a united approach towards common developmental goals at the country level.
Dominica’s Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senator Alvin Bernard said that this initiative is in an effort to meet these goals.
“I view this new initiative of the UN system as another effort to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and development with Dominica and the people of Dominica,” said Bernard.
Senator Bernard, who also spoke on the Prime Minister’s behalf, said that such an initiative will serve as a primary instrument in defining and driving the operational activities for development on a national level.
It is expected that at the conclusion of the consultation, the participants could come up with an agreement on possible areas of UN support, based on national and sub-regional development priorities and the comparative advantage and mandate of the UN.