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Yemen, UNCT sign new UNDAF 2012-2015.

SANA'A, Jan. 23 (Saba)- The United Nation Country Team (UNCT) and Planning and International Cooperation Ministry signed on Sunday the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012 -- 2015 for Yemen.

The UNDAF document was signed by Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

In a press release, the UNDP Yemen country office said that the signing ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Ali Mohammad Mujawar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Regional Director for Arab States, Ms. Amat Al-Alim Alsoswa, and several high Yemeni and UN officials.

The UNDAF is a strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to Yemen's development priorities.

Considering that 2015 is the end date of the Fourth Development Plan for Poverty Reduction and of the new UNDAF, and that this coincides with the MDGs deadline, this UNDAF focuses on supporting the efforts of the Government and the people of Yemen to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In order to align the UNDAF cycle with the Fourth Development Plan for Poverty Reduction 2011 to 2015, it was agreed that the new UNDAF will have a duration of four years, instead of five years, and cover the period 2012-2015.

The UNDAF was developed through a consultative process involving the UNCT, Yemen, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

It highlights four main priority areas of focus;

(1) Inclusive and diversified economic growth;

(2) sustainable and equitable access to quality basic social services;

(3) women and youth empowerment;

and (4) good governance and social cohesion.

The newly signed UNDAF will enhance the quality of support to address Yemen's developmental and humanitarian needs.

Overall, the resource envelop for the new UNDAF is US$ 395,581,000 from all sources, for the UNDAF period 2012 -- 2015. Of this amount, US$ 378,681,000 (95.97 %) will be contributed by resident agencies and US$ 16,400,000 (4.03 %) will be contributed by non-resident agencies. This marks a significant increase over the current UNDAF 2007-2011, which has a resource envelope of US$ 274,000,000.

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