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”Delivering as One” in Montenegro builds on the existing reform agenda set by UN member states, which asked the UN development system to accelerate its efforts to increase coherence and effectiveness of its operations in the field. The UNCT in Montenegro has agreed on the formulation of the Integrated UN Programme and Budgetary Framework, and creation of a UN Country Fund. To further accelerate coherence, efficiency and delivery at the country level, the Delivering as One (DAO) approach calls for future un-earmarked non-core resources to be increasingly channelled through a UN Country Fund in Montenegro. The UN Country Fund aims to maximize the effectiveness of UN system in Montenegro by pooling resources into a common fund in order to ensure support for top national strategic priorities, as defined by the Integrated UN Programme and Budgetary Framework.
The UN Country Fund is meant to streamline, simplify and increase harmonization and predictability of resources. Donors to the UN Country Fund are encouraged to contribute during the early stages of implementation of the Integrated UN Programme and on a multi-year basis, to the extent possible. This will enhance predictability and help ensure that funding decisions are driven by the highest national development priorities and strategies as contained in the Integrated UN Programme.
Following close consultations with the Government of Montenegro, as well as other national and international stakeholders, it has been agreed that the first Integrated UN Programme and the UN Country Fund will have three pillars:
1) Social Inclusion,
2) Democratic Governance, and
3) Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development.
In all three areas, the core principles of human rights, gender equality and development of national capacity will be upheld and incorporated throughout the implementation of the Programme. The Integrated UN Programme prioritises the application of socially inclusive strategies throughout programme implementation. The UN’s role in advocating for the national application of international norms, standards and actions on human rights and global issues imply a shift towards intensified efforts in policy advisory services.
The Montenegro UN Country Fund is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.
The goal of the Integrated UN Programme for Montenegro is to enhance development results and impact by bringing together the comparative advantages of the UN system within a single strategic programme. The response of the UN system will align and support the European integration and development goals of Montenegro while complementing the assistance provided by other multilateral and bilateral development partners. The ultimate aim of the UN in Montenegro is to contribute to making a difference in the lives of all who make Montenegro their home.
Through the Integrated UN Programme, in partnership with the Government and other development stakeholders in civil society and the private sector, the UN system will deliver focused and value-added results in development assistance as a harmonized organization with unity of purpose, coherence in management and efficiency in operations.
The Integrated UN Programme is guided by national development strategies including: the Stabilization and Association Agreement and the over-riding priority of the Montenegro Government to join the European Union; national priorities expressed in the National Programme of Integration to the EU, 2008-2012 (NPI); the Poverty Alleviation and Social Inclusion Strategy 2007-11 (PASIS) and the Strategy for Social and Child Welfare Development 2008-2012; the National Action Plan for Resolution of the Status of Displaced Persons from the Former Yugoslav Republics and of the Status of the Internally Displaced Persons from Kosovo Residing in Montenegro; programmes of other international partners, to ensure synergies and avoid duplication, and; the global reform agenda with respect to harmonization and increased aid effectiveness in the context of the Paris Declaration.
The UN system’s normative and operational roles, neutral positioning, convening power, policy expertise and technical capacity will be brought to bear in supporting Montenegro’s European accession and national development goals. Assessment of Montenegro’s progress in the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association process has helped define a number of priorities to be addressed under the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). The development focus of the Integrated UN Programme will complement and support IPA implementation over the coming years, while also complementing other international partners’ programmes.
The Integrated UN Programme for Montenegro includes resident, regionally-based and specialized UN programmes, funds and agencies which strategically contribute to Montenegro’s development priorities as outlined in the three Pillar Vision Statements.
Joint Country Steering Committee: JCSC provides overall oversight to teh process of design, implementation and monitoring of the Integrated UN Programme, Results and Budgetary Framework for Montenegro. JCSC is set up to ensure government commitment and leadership from the onset of the Delivering as One process. JCSC plays a key role by guiding the overall design, implementation and monitoring of the Integrated UN Programme, Results and Budgetary Framework for Montenegro. In relation to the UN Country Fund, JCSC will:
1. Review and approve the UN Annual Work Plan for the Integrated UN Programme, Results and Budgetary Framework;
2. Review and approve the criteria to be used for deciding on resource allocations from the UN Country Fund;
3. Review and decide on allocations of UN Country Fund resources to agency-specific projects, sub-programmes and Joint Programmes of the Integrated UN Programme;
4. Instruct the AA to disburse the UN Country Fund resources to Participating UN Organizations according to its decisions;
5. Monitor the overall progress of the Integrated UN Programme and, in particular, the results achieved by the resources allocated to it from the UN Country Fund;
6. Approve and update, as necessary, this UN Country Fund TOR as well as the TOR of the Steering Committee, including its rules and procedures; and,
7. Review and approve the consolidated narrative and financial reports prepared by the AA.
JCSC is co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the UN Resident Coordinator, and is composed of: (a) up to seven representatives of line ministries, with each line ministry able to designate both a senior political figure (at Deputy Minister level) and a technical adviser, (b) all members of the UNCT, and (c) donor representatives, by invitation, based on the decision of JCSC. The AA will serve as an ex-officio member of JCSC. Meetings of JCSC will be convened by the JCSC co-Chairs. There should be at least three meetings per annum, one to review annual work plan (UNAWP) for the Integrated UN Programme, another to take decisions on funding allocations to the Integrated UN Programme and a further meeting to review progress in implementation of the Integrated UN Programme (Annual Review). JCSC takes decisions by consensus and agree criteria that can guide decisions on funding allocations to the Integrated UN Programme.
Secretariat: The Directorate for UN and Other International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the UN Coordination Office will act as a Secretariat for the Steering Committee and will support it in preparing for and organizing meetings as well as ensuring follow-up on decisions taken by the Steering Committee.
Administrative Agent: The UNDP MPTF Office has been appointed the Administrative Agent of the Montenegro UN Country Fund. Its responsibilities include the receipt, administration and management of contributions from Donors; disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the approved programmatic documents; and provision of consolidated narrative and financial reports, in accordance with the MOU, on the Montenegro UN Country Fund to donors, based on reports of the Participating UN Organizations.
All Participating UN Organisations with funding gaps for projects or components of Joint Programmes in the Integrated UN Programme and Budgetary Framework are eligible to receive resource allocations from the UN Country Fund. However, before the Steering Committee can consider a request for funding from a Participating UN Organisation, all necessary project and legal documentation must be complete.
The unfunded project(s) or component(s) of Joint Programmes must be reflected in the Integrated UN Programme and Budgetary Framework, in the UN Annual Work Plan and Pillar Annual Work Plan or Thematic Group Annual Work Plan, and be elaborated in more detailed agency-specific project documents and work plans. The Participating UN Organisation must have signed the MOU with the AA concerning the UN Country Fund.
Although the Outcomes in the Integrated UN Programme are all strategic, it is likely that funding gaps will remain for some projects and Joint Programmes which contribute to achieving these Outcomes. Prioritization will have to be undertaken during the preparation of the Pillar Annual Work Plan and further by the Steering Committee when reviewing the UN Annual Work Plan.
When deciding on allocations from the UN Country Fund to Participating UN Organizations, the Steering Committee should be guided by the following criteria:
(a) projects and Joint Programmes within the Integrated UN Programme that have funding gaps which are prioritized in the UN Annual Work Plan should be considered first;
(b) other projects and Joint Programmes within the Integrated UN Programme that have funding gaps which are prioritized in the Pillar Annual Work Plans should be considered second; and,
(c) other agency-specific projects within the Integrated UN Programme that have funding gaps should be considered third, but the requesting Participating UN Organisation, and its proposed implementing partners, should have the demonstrated expertise and capacity to deliver the anticipated results in a timely manner.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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