‘One UN’ to begin operations in Pak from December

November 14th, 2007 - 2:50 am ICT by admin  
According to officials, the plan to pool nine UN agencies under the new name will be initially implemented on an experimental basis. It will start activities in six countries, including Pakistan, for which a programme has already been formulated.

The Dawn quoted the officials as saying that Islamabad had requested the world body to start the programme in Pakistan, which was accepted by the latter.

“The aim of the One UN is to reduce expenditure, avoidance of duplication of activities and incorporation of the element of quality in operations,” officials said, adding that presently different UN organs like the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP were carrying out activities from their own platforms, which often lead to duplication of activities.

The plan was supposed to take off from June or July this year, but was deferred due to some reasons. The new system would function under a resident coordinator, who would supervise all activities.

Unlike the present scenario in which all nine organs of the UN have separate budgets, administrations, offices and leaders, the One UN would have one budget, one office and one leader, the daily reported.

Officials said that under the One UN, activities would be carried out according to the needs of the country, adding that the funds would be provided as usual by the UN, but better coordination would be stressed with the government. (ANI)

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