On 12 July, the UN-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF) for 2016-2020 was signed by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Shahin Mustafayev, and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai. The ceremony was attended by several ministers and senior government representatives, members of the parliament, including the vice speaker, members of the diplomatic corps, international development partners, UNCT, civil society including the academia, private sector and media.
Aligned with the national aspirations articulated in the ‘Azerbaijan: Vision 2020’ development plan, the UNAPF will serve as a consolidated support to Azerbaijan in achieving national development priorities in three strategic areas: (i) boosting economic diversification and promoting decent work; (2) increasing public and social sector efficiency and effectiveness; and (3) building resilience to natural hazards and climate change.
The UNAPF signing opens up new opportunities to fully exploit the UN’s potential to deliver quality results together, in the spirit of delivering as one, building joint efforts on the UN’s normative agenda and policy knowledge and expertise, including involving non-resident agencies, and explore innovative modalities to engage new actors and build new multi-sectoral partnerships to boost sustainable development in Azerbaijan.
The UNAPF is also the UN’s joint commitment to support the government in its implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Azerbaijan, along with other UN Member States, endorsed at the UN Summit in 2015. The government, with support from the UN System in Azerbaijan, will soon launch a policy dialogue on the 2030 Agenda to take a strategic approach to better prioritize the SDGs and engage potential partners to galvanize the joint action on achieving the development goals in Azerbaijan.