The government of Liberia and the United Nations have launched the UN's second five year strategic assistance framework for Liberia, which will be known as the "UN One Programme" highlighting HIV and AIDS as one of the key priorities.
The One UN Programme has been launched to help scale up access to and utilization of HIV Prevention, treatment, care and support services in Liberia.
The One Programme which reflects broad areas of UN intervention 2013-2017, comprises a UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and a Costed Action Plan, both closely aligned with national priorities articulated in Liberia Rising Vision 2030 and the Agenda for Transformation.
The UN Development Assistance Framework is the UN Second such strategic framework for Liberia, building on the achievements of the first UNDAF 2008-12, setting out the UN's collective response to national development priorities. The accompanying Costed Action Plan defines in greater detail, management and coordination arrangements, financial modalities, monitoring and evaluation processes and serves as the main legal document for multi-year programing.
The programme helps position the UN more strategically in areas where it has a distinct comparative advantage, allowing it to be a more effective development partner and increase its collective impact through more coherent, coordinated and focused strategies and programs.
Speaking during the launching ceremony at the Monrovia City Hall, Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance Amara Konneh said the UN is a valuable partner and close friend of the government and people in Liberia, significantly contributing to development efforts across the country.
"The government and development partners have been consulted at various stages during the formulation of this Programme. It shows the UN's continued commitment to support the government and people of Liberia achieve national priorities. We look forward to working with the UN and provide mutual support to each other in achieving the goals set out in the One Programme," Minister Konneh maintained.
For his part, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Consolidation of Democratic Governance and UN Resident Coordinator, Aeneas C. Chuma said "the One Programme enhances national leadership and ownership. Through close alignment of the UN Strategic framework to national priorities, the program reinforces the Government monitoring and oversight capacities, provides a transparent overview of UN activities and financial arrangements, and ensures accountability."