The United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF)
The UNPAF is a five-year agreement of cooperation worked out between UN agencies and the governments of the countries in which they work. The most recent UNPAF in Thailand covers the years 2007-2011 and was signed by the government and 22 UN agencies, including UNICEF, in 2006. The agreement guides the preparation and implementation of UN programmes in Thailand.
Making this agreement is a two-part process.
First, the UN carries out a Common Country Assessment – an assessment of the social and political situation in the country, government polices and plans, national targets, and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Second, a detailed agreement based on the results of the Common Country Assessment is drawn up on how the UN will cooperate with the government to achieve development goals. This agreement is then jointly signed by the government and by participating UN agencies.
The current UNPAF identifies five areas for focused interventions in Thailand:
• access to quality social services and protection;