United Nations Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is comprised of thirteen UN Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies (FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UNEP, WHO, ILO, UNESCO, UN Women, IOM, UNV), the Bretton Woods Institutions (World Bank, IMF) and the IRMCT. Several regionally-based UN Agencies are also operating in BiH (UNIDO, IFAD, and IAEA). The work of the UNCT is being coordinated through the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and framed within the One UN Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-2020 representing the strategic programmatic and financial basis for the development partnership between the United Nations and the country.
The work of the UNCT in BiH is guided through the 2015-2020 UNDAF endorsed by the BiH Council of Ministers on 14 May, 2015 and officially signed on 15 June, 2015. Thirteen outcomes have been agreed within the 2015-2020 UNDAF, in four strategic focus areas that respond to country needs and make use of the UN’s comparative advantages: Rule of Law and Human Security, Sustainable and Equitable Development and Employment, Social Inclusion (education, social protection, child protection and health), and Empowerment of Women. Full implementation of the UNDAF will require an estimated total of USD 264,592,034.
BiH is an official Delivering as One (DaO) country. Out of fifteen core DaO elements, the UNCT in BiH has fully implemented eleven with the remaining elements in the process of being implemented. In line with the DaO status, the 2015-2020 UNDAF is operationalized through four biennial Joint UN Work Plans corresponding to four UNDAF Focus Areas implemented and monitored through the work of 7 Results Groups established in BiH (four programmatic one corresponding to the UNDAF Focus Areas and three supportive ones – OMT, M&E and Communications).
The overall coordination and monitoring of the One UN Programme in BiH is conducted through the Joint BiH/UN Steering Committee (JSC). It is co-chaired by the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the BiH Minister of Finance and Treasury and includes the UNCT as well as relevant representatives of the government of BiH. The primary responsibility of the JSC is to provide strategic guidance and oversight during the 2015-2019 UNDAF implementation, endorse the UNCT’s operational plans and provide strategic review of the annual reports.
In 2019, the UNCT BiH has initiated the preparation process for the next UNDAF for BiH for the period 2021-2025.
All the UNSDG members operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina, except UNHCR, are located in the UN House inaugurated in July 2013 by the UNSDG Chair and UNDP Administrator, at the time, and the BiH presidency.