United Nations Interagency Cooperation
As part of the United Nations System, UNICEF-Santo Domingo works in special collaboration with other agencies and programmes of the system. The UNICEF Representative is part of the United Nations Country Team, composed of the heads of agencies represented in the country and coordinated by Resident Coordinator/UNDP Representative. In addition, members of UNICEF staff participate, and in some cases lead, the theme and work groups set up to facilitate interagency coordination concerning specific subjects, such as HIV/AIDS, Gender, Statistics, Emergencies, Communications, among others.
The preparation process of the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2007–2011 (UNDAF) constituted the main tools for strengthening programme coordination and the contribution of the United Nations System to the development of the country.
The UNDAF constitutes the foundation for the preparation of new Country Programmes of the agencies that belong to the Executive Committee of the United Nations Development Group (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP) and a strategic framework for the preparation of cooperation programmes and activities of other UN system agencies. Through the UNDAF the UN system is expected to deal with national priorities in a more strategic and coordinated manner, strengthen joint programming, and achieve concrete and sustainable results for the country.
“UNICEF is committed to strengthen the United Nations system and its principles based on multilateralism, compliance with human rights, and the value of cooperation and alliances; it also explores with interest the wide range of possibilities to allow the reform of the United Nations, due to its potential to ensure concrete and measurable results in favour of childhood.”
The CCA and UNDAF processes are operational tools, which form an integral part of the United Nations’ reform process concerning its role in cooperation for development at the country level.
UNICEF believes that United Nations reform and the strengthening of interagency collaboration can have a very positive impact on the programmes and alliances in favour of children.
United Nations House
United Nations HouseDuring the past two years the UN system agencies have also contributed to the adoption by the country of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the basic framework for national development through the preparation of the National Report on the MDGs and the preparation of the MDGs Needs Assessment, which was coordinated by the Presidential Commission for the MDGs and Sustainable Development (COPDES by its initials in Spanish). Providing support to the country to achieve the MDGs is one of the most important cooperation objectives of the United Nations System to the country and constitutes an essential element of UNDAF and the programmes of each agency.
For UNICEF, both at the global as well as the country level, the MDGs are an essential part of its strategies and priorities. UNICEF believes that the MDGs can be achieved only if children’s rights to health, education, protection and equality are protected. In fact, the majority of the goals are adjusted to commitments made by the international community to comply with the rights of children, in particular, the goals established in the plan of action “A World Fit For Children.”
United Nations System in the Dominican Republic
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The MDGs and Children
If the world manages to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the more general goals of the Millennium Declaration, it would be possible to transform the lives of millions of children, who in this way would be protected against serious illnesses, premature death, poverty and extreme malnutrition, and would have access to safe water, to decent sanitary installations and to the complete cycle of primary schooling.