UN from 8 countries in East and Southern Africa meet in Malawi to plan the realisation of the new global goals for sustainable development

The United Nations is pleased to be hosting UN colleagues from 8 countries in Africa during a regional workshop to discuss UN programming in light of the new global development agenda on the 14-18 March in Mangochi. UN Resident Coordinators, Heads of UN agencies and programmes and coordination staff from Cape Verde, Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan and Malawi will participate in the event.

The workshop will focus on preparing for the new UN country development plans in support of national governments. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the strategic framework that describes the collective response of the UN to national development priorities. Usually prepared for a five year cycle, the UNDAF underlying principles are:

1.  National ownership

2.   Alignment with national development priorities, strategies, systems and programming cycles;

3.   Inclusiveness of the UN system with full involvement of specialized and non-resident agencies;

4.   Integration of the five programming principles (the human rights-based approach, gender equality, environmental sustainability, results-based management, and  capacity development) tailored to each country context;

5.   Mutual accountability for development results.

The workshop comes at an opportune time, following the launch of the 2030 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key global initiatives including the 3rd financing for development conference held in July 2015 and the climate conference held in December 2015 among others. The workshop also comes at a time of deepening UN reforms to ensure alignment to global and regional initiatives.

The ambition and scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, and also the African aspirations enshrined in Agenda 2063 are compelling reasons for the UN to chart a new course. A people centred, multi-dimensional agenda calls for a multi-sectoral, integrated approach. This in turn requires innovative programming that will ensure development effectiveness and cost efficiency.

Crafting the new generation of UN development plans requires doing things differently whilst continuing to support national governments and other stakeholders through clearly prioritised and focused programmes aimed at delivering on global commitments, whilst also ensuring alignment with national priorities.

The workshop, organized by the Regional UN development group for Eastern and Southern Africa, aims to equip the rollout countries with the necessary skills and knowledge to guide and facilitate the UNDAF preparation process. The workshop will update participants on emerging global developments including the 2030 Development Agenda, its Sustainable Development Goals and UN reforms and aims to provide thinking on how integrated policy frameworks can be used to implement the SDGs.

For more information, contact:

Lisbeth Mjoes

Head of RCO

UN Malawi

+ 265 1 773 500

lisbeth.mjoes@one.un.org