27 March 2014

Kenya: UN Agencies, Kenya Sign U.S.$1.2 Billion Development Deal

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Nairobi — The framework aims at delivering key results in the areas of transformational governance, human capital, inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability, land management and human security

Over 25 United Nations agencies on Wednesday signed a new phase of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in partnership with the Kenyan government.

The new phase is designed to support the attainment of Kenya's long-term development plan, Vision 2030. It will run from 2014 to 2018 at an estimated cost of US$1.2 billion (for both humanitarian and development assistance). The framework aims at delivering key results in the areas of transformational governance, human capital, inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability, land management and human security.

Signatories also include the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

As part of the UN Country Team in Kenya, UNEP - through its Kenya Country Programme- has worked in close collaboration with the government and other UN agencies to deliver on national development needs with a focus on environment. UNEP supported projects include the restoration of the Mau forest system and riparian conservation in Kenya's Tana Delta.

UNEP has piloted a number of interventions aimed at strengthening the systematic integration of environmental sustainability in:

Supporting the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) to develop guidance notes on environmental sustainability and climate change;

Development of national environment summaries to enhance the environmental components of country analyses;

Participating in inter-agency thematic working groups and supporting the integration of environmental considerations in the UNDAF outcome priorities;

Provision of technical assistance in the delivery of UNDAFs and joint programmes.

About UNDAF

In 2007, the General Assembly through a Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (TCPR), urged the UN development system to intensify its engagement with national governments.

Under the Framework, the UN country team identifies a set of development issues aligned with a country's long and medium-term strategic development plans and emphasizes joint programming to maximize the collective efficiency of UN agencies.

About 'Delivering as One'

The UNDAF is a direct outcome of the UN reform process launched by the former Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The reforms were aimed at making the United Nations more coherent, effective and efficient through 'Delivering as One'. This process champions mutual accountability between the UN agencies and the government and encourages national governments to take ownership and leadership of development assistance and. The Government of Kenya initiated the Delivering as One Initiative in the Country by seeking "Self-starter" status from the United Nations System.

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