BAKU, 12 June 2018 – Some 50 high-level officials from the government, United Nations (UN) agencies, civil society organizations and the media gathered today for the annual UN-Government Joint Steering Committee meeting to review the results of implementation of the United Nations-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF) in 2017.
The meeting was co-chaired by Sevinj Hasanova, Deputy Minister of Economy, and Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan.
The steering committee meeting reviewed UN contribution towards Azerbaijan’s development in areas of economic growth and decent work; institutional capacity, public and social services; and in the field of environment and disaster risk reduction. The Steering Committee validated the results of UNAPF implementation in 2017, as well as endorsed the 2018 joint work plans, monitoring and evaluation plan, and the terms of reference for the UNAPF mid-term review process.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Ghulam Isaczai thanked the government partners for the long-standing partnership with UN system and coordination of the joint efforts on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also expressed readiness of the UN System to support the government in advancing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through the technical and policy advice.
UNAPF for the period of 2016-2020 is the fourth UN cooperation document produced by the UN System in Azerbaijan. This document is characterized by a transition from an assistance‐based to a more partnership‐based cooperation that contributes to enhanced national capacities and knowledge‐intensive, advocacy‐driven synergies with the national planning process.