Highlights of the UN Country Team's Press Conference on UN Day 2017

Founding of the United Nations

  • The United Nations commemorates its 72nd founding anniversary on 24 October 2017. It was founded on 1945 with the entry into force of the UN Charter.
  • The UN Charter presents the 4 major objectives of the United Nations which are:
  • To maintain international peace and security;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples;
  • To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs
  • Building a peaceful, sustainable and just world that realises human rights and dignity for all people is the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, for the planet, for prosperity, for peace, and for partnership. The 2030 Agenda set 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today: ending poverty and hunger everywhere; combating inequalities within and among countries; building peaceful, just and inclusive societies; protecting human rights and promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and ensuring the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. These goals aim to create conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and shared prosperity and decent work for all (To know the 17 SDGs, kindly refer to the SDGs leaflet in your media kit).
  • Key to Agenda 2030 is the commitment that no one will be left behind and that the dignity of the human person is fundamental.
  • World leaders, including the leaders of Jordan, have committed to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. And the UN is strongly committed to assist Jordan in achieving these.


The UNSG’s Reform Agenda

  • To ensure that the UN development system is able to provide the best possible support to countries achieve the SDGs, the UN Secretary-General with the strong mandate from the UN General Assembly, launched a UN reform agenda that aims to reposition the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
  • Key Principles of the UN Reform Agenda are:
  • Enhanced integration, coherence and efficiency are needed to address the development challenges to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
  • There should be greater emphasis on prevention to address the root causes of instability, vulnerability, exclusion and conflict
  • The UN Reform Agenda calls for the following:
  • A New Generation UN Country Team that works in a more integrated and coherent manner.
  • A New Generation UNDAFs that is the UN system-wide response to national priorities.
  • Operationalizing the Humanitarian-Development nexus at the country level
  • Strengthening accountability to guide the UN development system’s support to the 2030 Agenda -- improving Member states’ oversight; increasing transparency on system-wide results; and strengthening internal accountability.
  • Addressing funding trends to deliver one agenda together -- to work with Member states to help improve the quality and predictability of resources allocated to the UN development system.


The UN in Jordan

  • The main objective of the UN is to support the Government of Jordan to realize its national development priorities expressed in the Executive Development Programme, Economic Growth Plan, Jordan Response Plan, and other priorities expressed in the National Strategies such as the National Strategy for Human Resources Development, etc.), towards achieving the Jordan Vision 2025, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/SDGs.
  • Over the last 5 years the UN’s support to Jordan has evolved from a largely humanitarian operation responding to the impacts of the Syria crisis, towards increasingly a more developmental approach that seeks to support the country achieve Jordan Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The UNSDF 2018-2022
  • The UNSDF 2018-2022 is the strategic planning framework of cooperation between the Government of Jordan and the UN in support of the country’s vision of development and the SDGs.
  • We will deliver a coherent, integrated humanitarian and development response to Jordan’s national priorities. The UNSDF demonstrates the commitment of the UN to work towards a more integrated approach and enhanced humanitarian and development nexus that will support Jordan in responding to the humanitarian crisis while working towards the achievement of its national development vision and the SDGs.
  • We will support the country achieve its development objectives by working on three closely inter-connected priorities.
  • The UN in Jordan will assist in strengthening national institutions to enhance performance and improve capacities to deliver on Jordan 2025 and SDGs
  • The United Nations will endeavour to empower people by (a) enhancing individuals’ knowledge of rights, as well as their access to information, education, skills, capacities and services, which will (b) empower them to change patterns of behaviour and (c) lead directly to improvements in their circumstances and development.
  • The United Nations will support the creation of opportunities, platforms and spaces for engagement and participation of people, especially women and youth, in the political, economic, environmental and social life of society.
  • A more integrated humanitarian and development approach, and fostering resilience-based and sustainable responses, do not mean that we will not continue to advocate to respond to the humanitarian challenges brought about by the Syria crisis. It is essential that we continue to assist refugees to meet their basic needs. It is essential that we continue to support Jordan to respond to the refugee crisis.
  • We are committed to ‘Delivering As One’ in Jordan
  • We are committed to the UN Secretary General’s call for a new generation UNCT that will deliver on the ambitious and complex 2030 Agenda.
  • We are committed to ‘Deliver As One’ (DAO) in order to support Jordan to an accelerated path towards the SDGs. We are on track in the 15 core elements of the Five DAO pillars and we are committed to further improve in our coherence in order to provide the most effective, relevant, and efficient support to Jordan.
  • Upon the request by and with the support of the Government of Jordan, the UNCT is committed to be a model of DAO in the region.


Partnership with the media

  • Strengthening partnerships is crucial in achieving Jordan’s national priorities and the SDGs. The UN alone cannot achieve the UNSDF commitments.
  • The media is key to raising the awareness on the need to work together to achieve Jordan’s Vision 2025 and the SDGs.
  • Success of the strategies to strengthen institutions, empower people, and provide opportunities for engagement under the UNSDF will depend on how well we could reach out to the government, the people, and the most vulnerable groups in Jordan.
  • The media has a big role in raising awareness, making information accessible, and promoting messages that will transform people’s lives.

308,000 USD Grants to Support Pilot Environmental Projects

Under the patronage of the Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasin Khayyat, UNDP has signed 8 grants with CBOs to implement pioneer environmental projects aiming to improve the environmental situation in Jordan.This activity comes as part of “Mainstreaming Rio Convention Provisions into National Sectoral Policies in Jordan” project aiming to produce core outputs leading to targeted Rio Convention mainstreaming in two priority strategies and plans: The National Rangeland Strategy, the National Drought Management Action Plan.

UNDP Jordan Enhances Health and Environmental Conditions of Al-kaidar Landfill

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the Government of Canada and in a collaboration with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Joint Services Council in Irbid, initiated the establishment of the first sanitary cell in Al-kaidar landfill, the second largest landfill in Jordan in the Northern region, in accordance with the international standards for solid waste cell lining, leachate collection system and biogas collection system.

The UN in Jordan Commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2017

(Amman, 21 August 2017) – On Sunday, the UN in Jordan marked World Humanitarian Day 2017 granting four humanitarian excellence awards to humanitarian workers for their exemplary commitment on four thematic areas: Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Working Together, Innovation in Humanitarian Action, and Youth Empowerment. The official ceremony, held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, was attended by humanitarians, senior government officials and members of the international and local communities.