UNDP and the UN in the Arab States

UN Coordination Officers Workshop Arab States/MENA Region Amman, May 2013Empowering youth is a UNDG priority in the Arab States ©UNDP in Lebanon

UNDP leads the UN Development Group (UNDG) at global and regional levels. The Regional UNDG for the Arab States/MENA is charied by Sima Bahous, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The UNDG Arab States/MENA Team works closely together to provide UN Country Teams (UNCTs) with strategic guidance and policy advice, and coherent, coordinated and timely technical support through the established inter-agency Quality Support and Assurance mechanism, and oversight through the RC/UNCT performance management system.

The R/UNDG Arab States/MENA Team supports and works with  teams in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as 17 countries, namely Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and  Yemen.  ‎

The R/UNDG Arab States/MENA grouping comprises the two regional commissions, ESCWA and ECA and the following UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes: FAO, ILO, OCHA, ODC, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNISDIR, UNOPS, UNV, UN Women, WFP, and  WHO.

The work of the R/UNDG Arab States/MENA is guided by the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of the General Assembly of UN operational activities for development, the Management and Accountability System agreed up on by the agencies in 2008, and the UN Development Group strategic priorities for 2013-2016 as well as the Regional UNDG Response Strategy and Framework for Action which was developed in response to evolving needs, opportunities and challenges which have emerged in recent years.