The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Palestine, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator (RC), comprises all heads of UN agencies operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision making at the country-level on issues ranging from development assistance to issues pertaining to common or shared facilities and services. The main purpose of the UNCT is for individual agencies to plan and work together for the delivery of tangible results that enhance the development prospects for the people of Palestine. The UNCT works closely with the Government of Palestine and other development partners to ensure that its work is aligned with the Palestinian Authority's National Policy Agenda.
The overall framework under which the UNCT delivers is the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which presents the key shared development objectives of the UN system in the country. In this context, the UNCT works to ensure that implementation of the UNDAF is harmonized and is responsive to national priorities and targets.
The Country Team in Palestine consists of 23 agencies, funds, and programmes.
In 2016, the UNCT conducted a Common Country Analysis (CCA) to examine the state of development in Palestine focusing on the most vulnerable groups in Palestine and seeks to identify the key drivers of their vulnerability and the challenges they face under Palestine’s current development course. In the context of the 2030 Agenda, the report analyses why some groups in society are systematically more disadvantaged than others in accessing Palestine’s development gains.
In 2020, the UNCT formally adopted a “nexus approach” to its humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding efforts. This decision will ultimately transform the United Nations’ work across the humanitarian, development, and peace pillars.
In 2020 the UNCT developed the COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response Plan (SERP) as an interim and evolving framework to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic. The framework focuses on health, social protection, economic response and recovery, Macroeconomic response and multilateral collaboration, Social cohesion and community resilience.