United Nations harmonization
In-country political development
Implementation and/or other issues
Occupied Palestinian Territory
A one-year extension of the country programme will permit all United Nations Development Group Executive Committee agencies to begin their new country programmes at the same time. Due to the commonalities in goals between UNICEF and UNFPA, which are related to maternal health, adolescent health, neonatal care and combating gender-based violence, as well as the number of common programme partners, starting the country programme cycle at the same time would increase programmatic synergies and United Nations coordination and collaboration. It would also provide improved programming for Palestinian women and children.
|Since 2006, the Occupied Palestinian Territory has witnessed a growing political rift within Gaza and West Bank. As a result of the unrest, the internationally supported Government fled Gaza and an international embargo was enforced on the territory. Due to increased isolation, the ability of United Nations organizations to continue dialogue and programme interventions has been hindered. More recently, the situation in Gaza has been further compromised by armed conflicts between Hamas and Israeli forces, and the resulting military intervention. ||UNFPA has been unable to sign project agreements with institutions in Gaza due to restricted access. This has limited initiatives and negated the possibility of nationally executed projects. Partner non-governmental organizations have continued to execute projects that provide vital services, such as emergency response, but the monitoring of these activities remains a challenge. UNFPA and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, will conduct a family health survey that will provide much needed data to improve targeting for greater impact. An extension of the current programme cycle will allow adequate time to assess the situation. |