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United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks

The Department of Technical Cooperation relies on strategic and programmatic collaborative work with numerous partners over a broad range of thematic sectors to promote peace and development through the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology.

United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) are the planning framework for the development operations of the UN system at the country level.  Through its participation in the UNDAF process, the IAEA identifies areas where nuclear techniques might be usefully deployed in partnership with other UN Organizations and ensures that their application is integrated with existing development initiatives, plans and Country Programme Frameworks (CPFs), a programming tool that provides a frame of reference for technical cooperation between the IAEA and Member States, now makes extensive use of the UNDAFs during the preparation process.  Through its participation in the UNDAF, the Secretariat and national counterparts are able to identify key UN agencies and other partners with whom programmatic synergies and collaboration are possible.

Over the past years, over 20 UNDAFs have been signed by the IAEA across Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa, reflecting the organization’s  focus on maximizing the development impact of its activities at the country level. Currently the Secretariat is engaged in with over 80 UN Country Teams to ensure that the TC programme is aligned with the national development priorities. One outstanding example of the work that is possible within the UNDAF framework is demonstrated in a soil conservation project in Tajikistan, part of a technical cooperation effort that started with the assessment of soil erosion and sedimentation for land use.

Other information:
TC Web Story: United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs): helping to ensure the integration of nuclear techniques with other development initiatives and plans

Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 13 Feb, 2013

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