Botswana United Nations Programme Operational Plan Launched

May 20, 2013

The Government of Botswana – United Nations Programme Operational Plan (2010 -2014) presents how the UNITED NATIONS in cooperation with stakeholders including the Government of Botswana and civil society organizations intends to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development goals in Botswana and support the implementation of the priorities outlined in vision 2016 and the Tenth National Development Plan (NDP10). The revised version of the document was to make adjustments to the plan developed in 2009 and implementation between 2010 and 2012. The revisions have been informed by the country context, global and local experiences with “Delivering as One” and the findings and recommendations of the Mid Term Reviews of NDP10 and the GoB-UN POP.  The revised GoB – UN POP was signed on the 22nd March, 2013 between the GoB and UN. The UN Country Team (UNCT) had an official first ever Annual report, UN website and the GoB-UN POP 2010-2014 launch of the signed document for Development Partners as way to disseminate information on the Government of Botswana and United Nations cooperation.  The launch was to provide an opportunity for the UN and development partners to discuss this cooperation and assist DPs to identify interest areas in the GoB – UN POP for partnership.

For his opening remarks the UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Anders Pedersen stated that the cooperation between the government of Botswana and the UN systems in Botswana is in pursuant of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/233on Development Cooperation with Middle income countries that recognizes and calls for appropriate support to middle income countries to overcome disparities masked by national averages and to realize all the Millennium Development Goals. He mentioned that although despite extensive discussions at the United Nations there is still no policy framework that clearly defines a coherent United Nations strategy for engagement with middle income countries and that it is also an opportunity for Botswana to generate lessons on how best to utilize the capacities of the UN system.

RC stated that The UN has a specific role to play in supporting Botswana to achieve the MDG’s for all Botswana’s as it is well placed to provide evidence-based policy advice and access to international best practices, as well as to help Government to bridge the policy implementation gap. The UN has an important role to play in helping the Government to leverage resources, and using its convening power and normative role to ensure resources are utilized effectively and in the interests of Botswana citizens, The UN has a unique role in promoting accession to, and supporting implementation of international agreements and standards, and that the UN can support the country to access additional resources available through global and other funding facilities

In his introductory remarks the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi alluded that Botswana attaches great importance to a long standing, cordial and excellent relationship with the Un in Botswana. Most importantly he underlined that the assistance towards the government’ efforts has been packaged through a systematic mechanism called the Common Country assessment (CCA) of 2010-2014 and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the same period. Furthermore the UN continues to assist Botswana in the areas of capacity building and provision of advisory services. The Government of Botswana Co-funds UN activities and accounts for 60% of the total Programme budget. To this end the country Programme supports activities built around five strategic areas namely;

  •     Governance and the promotion of Human Rights
  •     Economic diversification and Poverty Reduction
  •     Health and HIV/ AIDS
  •     Environment and climate change
  •     Children, youth and women empowerment
He further stated that on governance the focus has been on human resource and institutional capacity development in institutions of governance such as the Independent Electoral Commission DCEC, DPSM, Office of the President and the Ombudsman. According to his remarks the UN has assisted in strengthening capacities to implement and review policies and legislation on Decentralization, public service act National Population Policy and Election Act. The UN has supported the implementation of customer satisfaction survey, E-Government  and community tele-centres, monitor compliance  and implement international treaties and conventions as well as institutional and technical capacity building of National Statistics  Office to mobilize resources, plan collect, processes, analyze disseminate data and maintenance of an integrated database system.

In closing his remarks the Minister pointed out that the Government of Botswana and UN use joint annual plans to set themselves targets to achieve the intended goals. The five implementing ministries are the office Of The President, Ministry OF Finance and Development Planning, Ministry of Health, Ministry Of Wildlife and Tourism and the Ministry Of Local Government.
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