UN Photo Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator, and Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan sign the United Nations-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework for 2016-2020 at a ceremony in Baku

The United Nations‐Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF) for the period 2016‐2020 is the fourth United Nations cooperation document produced by the United Nations 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. The UNAPF will support Azerbaijan in finding solutions to issues of global concern and providing development assistance to other countries under the south‐ south model of cooperation.

The UNAPF is aligned with the national aspirations articulated in the ‘Azerbaijan ‐ 2020: The Vision of the Future’ development concept and builds on the key national development priorities as well as the post‐2015 development agenda and its new set of sustainable development goals.

The UNAPF was formulated through an inclusive and participatory consultative process coordinated by the Minister of Economy and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office.

In early 2014, the Government and United Nations in Azerbaijan invited national counterparts, development partners, and representatives from the private sector, academia and civil society to identify strategic priority areas for the UNAPF. The consultations focused on areas in which the United Nations Country Team has the mandate and capacity to contribute to the national priorities by building on available national human, financial and natural resources, and fully involves and benefits women, youth and other vulnerable groups. Deliberations were based on the principles of sustainable development, underpinned by efficient management of natural and renewable resources; economic diversification; resilience of communities to the impacts of hazards and disasters and climate change; commitment to effective and efficient service delivery, with an emphasis on quality; transparency; balanced rural‐urban development; gender equality; and human rights, including restoring the rights and protection of refugees and internally displaced persons.

The United Nations System in Azerbaijan, both resident and non‐ resident Agencies, cooperate with the Government, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to support a country‐driven transformative progress toward: i) promoting sustainable and inclusive economic development underpinned by increased diversification and decent work; ii) strengthening institutional capacities and effective public and social services; and iii) improving environmental management and resilience to hazards and disasters.

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