PODGORICA, March 21, 2011 – The first meeting of the Joint Country Steering Committee for monitoring of implementation of the Integrated UN Programme in 2011 discussed and approved the second phase of the UN Integrated Programme covering the period 2012-2016, and the UN Annual Work plan for 2011. The committee carried out the annual review of the first year of implementation of the Programme and discussed the Executive Summary of Common Country Assessment.
Co-chair of the Steering Committee, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Milan Roćen, stressed that the new phase of the Integrated UN Programme was in full correspondence with national key priorities, such as EU accession. He pointed out that some significant and concrete outcomes were visible after the first year of implementation of the Integrated UN Programme.
Minister Roćen stated: “The model of Delivering as One significantly raised the credibility of the UN system and confirmed that UN development support to countries like Montenegro is invaluable. The model also helped us broaden our views and we are commited to develop the culture of working as one. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration will further support Delivering as One process. We expect that the moving of all the UN agencies under one roof will be accomplished by the end of the year, according to the plan.“
UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanessov presented a summary of the annual review of implementation of the Integrated UN Programme with a special review of projects and programmes financed from the UN Country Fund in 2010. Mr. Avanessov informed the JCSC about the current activities and work plans regarding the Needs Assessment Study for a durable solution of the problems of DPs/IDP/RAE population in the Konik area. Avanessov thanked Montenegrin Government for its consistent commitment to the Delivering as One concept in the context of the UN Reform Process.
“The first year of the implementation saw a number of challenges but more benefits. We, the United Nations and the line ministries, worked as a team on development of documents which make Phase II of the Integrated UN Programme. Moreover, programmes and projects funded by the UN Country Fund in 2010 led to concrete results in the area of health, judicial reform, green jobs and institution building,“ – said Mr. Avanessov. He also highlighted that achieving joint results while preserving individual mandates of each agency is of particular value.
Participants agreed on the importance of further enhancement of the joint work and coordination within different working groups and pillars of the Integrated UN Programme.
The Joint Country Steering Committee provides oversight of the design, implementation and monitoring of the Integrated UN Programme, Results and Budgetary Framework for Montenegro 2010-2016. The body is comprised of members of the UN Country Team and representatives of eight ministries of the Government of Montenegro. The JSCS is co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and the UN Resident Coordinator.
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The Integrated UN Programme in Montenegro represents a comprehensive framework of UN programmes and projects for the period of 2010 – 2016, aimed at addressing some of key national priorities and increasing a coherence and efficiency of the UN System in Montenegro and its developmental impact. The ultimate aim of the UN in Montenegro is to contribute to making a difference in the lives of all those who consider Montenegro their home.
The Programme was jointly developed and adopted by the Montenegrin Government and the UN System in Montenegro in April 2010. The Programme articulates Delivering as One concept of the United Nations through providing a strategic framework for the joint programmes and projects of all the UN agencies operating in Montenegro, five resident and six regionally-based organizations.
The Programme has three strategic programme pillars named:
- Social Inclusion,
- Democratic Governance and
- Sustainable Economic Development & Environmental Protection.
The Integrated UN Programme is being implemented in two phases:
- Transition phase (2010 – 2012) – through existing UN programmes and commitments. Moving of all resident UN agencies under a single roof, in the future UN Eco Shared Premises, is envisaged to take place in this phase of the implementation.
- Consolidation and evaluation phase (2012 – 2016) – through joint programmes and initiatives based on new commitments and agreements with the Government for the period 2012-2016.