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United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
31 March 2011
UN STRATEGIC CAPACITY
in Support of Palestinian State Building
Since March 2009 the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) has made support to Palestinian state-building a fundamental goal of its work in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This commitment has been given new momentum and focus though the array of PA documents focused on state-building, and most recently
the Palestinian Authority’s Programme of the 13
Government: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State
. The UN’s support to these efforts includes programming that is directly implemented by/through the UN, the provision of technical assistance to the PA and perhaps most importantly the development of those Palestinian capacities that further strengthen the foundation of a future Palestinian state.
Under the leadership of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, this strategic package of UN Strategic Capacity Development programming
was developed through the six MTRP Strategic Area groups (SAGs)
which considered individual agency submissions, ensured alignment of each with Palestinian plan(s) and attempted to foster synergies between the different programmes proposed by each agency. The total budget for the submitted programming proposals is US$ 30.7 million (Table 1).
Donors are encouraged to either fund the initiatives identified bilaterally with the particular UN agency or through the recently established joint PA/UN Trust fund (oPt Trust fund). This fund consists of two windows, one for Gaza and one for West Bank under a common governance structure. The fund will enable both reconstruction of the Gaza strip as well as support to Palestinian state building priorities throughout the oPt.
The UN definition for Capacity development is “
the process whereby people, organizations, and society as a whole unleash , strengthen, create , adapt and maintain their ability to manage their affairs successfully over time
2. The UN Medium Term Response Plan, the strategic framework which outlines the UN’s contribution to Palestinian early recovery and development in the oPt. (full document available on
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