UNDAF Joint Annual Review meeting, 11 May 2017 Opening Remarks by Dr. Pratibha Mehta UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident RepresentativeMay 11, 2017
Dear Mr. Davlatzod, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade,
Distinguished Deputy Ministers, Government partners
Civil society organizations
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome you all on behalf of the United Nations in Tajikistan to this first Joint review of UNDAF results.
It is worth highlighting that we are starting this new practice when Tajikistan is celebrating 25th anniversary of its membership in the United Nations and 20th anniversary of the Peace Accord. All through this period, UN system has been a trusted partner of the Government and people of Tajikistan, first supporting the national efforts in the post conflict reconstruction process and, now in advancing the socio-economic development of the country. It is highly commendable that despite a devastating civil war, which ended just few years before the adoption of the MDG agenda in 2000, Tajikistan made impressive progress on MDGs and achieving poverty reduction and literacy targets. During the 15 years of MDG period, UN aligned its assistance to support implementation of MDGs and other inter-government commitments made by Tajikistan, including the GA resolution led by Tajikistan on International Decade of actions “Water for life” 2005-2015.
Additionally, UN and the Government, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, agreed to undertake annual joint review of results. I am very pleased to note such a good turnout from our partner Line Ministries and NGOs and would like to thank the MEDT, in particular, the Minister, for organizing this meeting.
2016 was the first year of UNDAF implementation and despite some challenges UN delivered 83% of USD 54 Million programmed budget and contributed to strengthen rule of law, create livelihoods in remote areas; improve food security, nutrition status, particularly of children, access to health and education; disaster risk reduction and empowerment of women and marginalized groups by either providing direct assistance to targeted groups; by bringing best technical expertise to support formulation of new policies and national strategies in line with the international standards as well as by promoting knowledge sharing of global best practices.
is the first time that the UN Agencies in Tajikistan have come together and produced
a one UN results report, our ambition was to demonstrate UN contribution to
NDS/MTDP/SDG implementation, but, in absence of NDS M&E framework we
couldn’t do so. Government plan to establish M&E system for SDGs will help
in UNDAF alignment with national indicators and future results reporting. In
2016, Tajikistan faced number of external and internal challenges such as financial
crisis, heaviest snow fall in over 50 years, etc. which once again highlighted Tajikistan’s
economic, limatic and environmental vulnerabilities as well as boarder related challenges.
Risk reduction and management is one of the key priorities of the UNDAF. In
2016, UN provided considerable assistance for contingency planning, mitigating
and managing risks. But at times,
multiplicity of responsibility challenged us in identifying right institution
and interlocuter to engage with. SDG framework also recognizes risk informed governance
framework crucial for sustained progress and it is extremely relevant in
Tajikistan context. We stand ready to work together with designated responsible
government authority to strengthen risk informed governance, planning and
response, which will go a long way in achieving sustainable development.
that all development challenges and SDGs require multi-disciplinary approach,
UN established 6 Inter- Agency Results Groups to implement UNDAF and achieve cross-
sectoral results, drawing on unique
mandates of various UN Agencies and where possible, to provide joint support
such as for food security and nutrition, social cohesion, rule of law, civil
registration, etc. However, lack of proper inter- ministerial coordination
mechanism posed challenges for UN joint programming and achieving cross-sectoral
results. Within the framework of SDG, we propose establishment of a high -level
inter-ministerial SDG coordination mechanism which in additional to promoting integrated
development could also help government to direct UN and other development
The total budget of UNDAF in five years in $ 363 Million from core and non - core resources. About 1/3rd budget is still needed and UN is committed to making all efforts to mobilize resources. However, experience show that timely delivery and effective results are extremely important in building confidence and interest of donors. While 2016 was the first year of UNDAF implementation and a lot of progress was made but more could have been done but we faced some new procedures and operational challenges. UN’s ability to fly in top expertise in the country to help government in timely manner, our ability to monitor progress in the field, to build capacity through workshops and knowledge sharing is extremely important for implementing on our joint cooperation and commitment. As a trusted partner of Government of Tajikistan for 25 years, people centered sustainable development in Tajikistan is the only goal of UN Country Team and we are ready to cooperate to help expedite approval process to achieve even more effective results.
In conclusion, on behalf of the UN system in Tajikistan, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the national and local government, civil society, donors and people of Tajikistan for their collaboration in UNDAF implementation and we look forward to hearing your comments on the results of 2016 and to our further productive cooperation.