What we do

As the first official Delivering as One (DaO) country in the Arab States, Jordan’s United Nations Country Team (UNCT) strives to increase its coherence, effectiveness and efficiency in order to assist the people and the Government of Jordan in fulfilling their sustainable development aspirations.

The UNCT endeavors to fulfill the role of a “new generation country team” as envisaged by the UN Secretary General in his reform agenda one that is more integrated and cohesive in its approach, gives more focus to prevention, and addresses the gap between humanitarian and development agendas, meant  to assist Jordan to deliver on the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UNCT in Jordan comprises 18 resident Agencies, Funds, and Programmes, namely:  FAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNOPS, UNRWA, UNV, UN Women, WFP, and WHO; and also includes the World Bank. It also encompasses 6 non-resident Agencies: ESCWA, IAEA, IFAD, OHCHR, UN Environment and UNIC.  Total UNCT members are therefore 25. 

No single UN agency has the full range of skills, knowledge, and experience to tackle the multi-dimensional challenges of the country. Working together, the UN System supports Jordan in addressing a wide range of issues, ensuring that the support provided by each agency is complementary, synergies are created, and that joint work will have added value for the country.

Greater coherence and coordination will also result in reduced transaction costs for Government and optimal use of resources. UN coordination further increases recognition by Governments and other partners of the potential strength of the UN System when it works together coherently. Most importantly, UN coordination increases the positive impact of the UN System’s contribution to the lives of the people in Jordan.

On 5 December 2017, the UN and the Government of Jordan signed the UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), the strategic planning framework of cooperation in Jordan for the period 2018 -2022. The UNSDF complements Jordan Vision 2025, and is aligned with other key policies, including the Jordan Response Plan and Executive Development Programmes. It serves to reinforce the Government’s commitment to Agenda 2030 and the 17 related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to the human rights conventions, and other internationally agreed frameworks and treaties. It is focused particularly on benefiting young people, women and the most vulnerable groups, such as the poor; the more than 1.4 million Syrians in the country; host communities; persons in remote areas of Jordan, including pockets of urban poverty; persons with disabilities; and migrant workers, among others. Ensuring greater coherence and more effective ways of linking humanitarian and development action is central to the UNSDF and will serve to reinforce UN system’s  support for national priorities.