The Sustainable Development Goals in Moldova
The UN in Moldova remains a key partner in supporting Moldova’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) nationalization and implementation process. The Government has committed to achieving the SDGs, and with the support of the UN, the Moldovan State Chancellery conducted extended external consultations regarding the 2030 Agenda and its application to the local context. The SDGs nationalization report “Adapting the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development to the context of the Republic of Moldova” was presented to the Coordination Council for Sustainable Development and endorsed by its members on 4 July 2017.
27 May 2021
UN Moldova Country Results Report 2020 - key results and lessons learned
UN Moldova launched its Country Results Report for 2020. The document as well identifies the key constraints and lessons learned in the process of implementing The Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022 (PFSD) and provides an overview of what our priorities and ambitions are for 2021. According to the report, in 2020 the United Nations in Moldova continued to support the country in the implementation of its development priorities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), making progress in all four strategic directions of its work by: advancing human rights and gender equality and strengthening institutional and governance capacities; improving access to decent work and enhancing local services and infrastructure; improving the quality of education, health services and social assistance; promoting climate change-resilient development. The United Nations made an important contribution to the national COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, supporting the country in strengthening the health system to address the effects of the pandemic and also ensuring the continuity of education and social services, while providing direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable population groups. Additionally, in 2020 the UN Country Team provided support to the government in the preparation of its first Voluntary National Review on the progress made in the implementation of the SDGs and offered assistance in the revision of the draft National Development Strategy Moldova 2030, which, once signed into law, will serve as a framework for the development of the country until 2030. There were secured over $27 million in resources for the implementation of its joint workplans for 2020, out of which 73.4% were implemented, with the remainder being rolled over to 2021. The effective implementation of the UN PFSD 2018–2022 and the COVID-19 SERP will remain a priority for the United Nations in 2021, as will the efforts to improve coherence, effectiveness and efficiency in programme implementation, operations and communication. In addition, in 2021 the UNCT will turn its attention towards the development of its next cooperation framework, which will set the directions for the work of the United Nations in the country for the next five years starting with 2023. Note: Currently, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) is composed of representatives of 24 United Nations funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other United Nations entities working in Moldova. Its membership expanded towards the end of the year 2020 to include three additional entities: the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; the International Fund for Agricultural Development; and the International Telecommunication Union. Another entity – the United Nations Office for Project Services – joined the UNCT at the beginning of 2021.
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17 May 2021
Now more than ever: Reinventing the UN in the time of pandemic
For the world to respond to international crises, it needs an effective international organization. You’ve probably heard the maxim: If the UN didn’t exist, we would have to invent it. The UN family can be proud of the progress we had been making on reforming the UN system before the pandemic. Part of what UN reform did was strengthen the role of the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the RC’s Office (RCO) in each country. As a result of this, the RC is better able to coordinate the efforts of all UN entities in the country and best assist the government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The immense challenge presented by COVID-19 has underlined how vital it is for UN agencies to have a coordinated response. Accordingly, the pace of reform has accelerated as the UN has risen to the challenge of the global crisis. In my work as the RC in Moldova, I’ve seen how valuable such coordination is in ensuring that support reaches individuals and communities in need. COVID-19 required the UN system to move swiftly and efficiently. It required fast, strong, and informed engagement with the government. And it pushed UN agencies and partners to plan and deliver simultaneously. Moldova was one of the first countries to produce, with government, a costed COVID-19 response and recovery plan that included indicators on human rights and gender equity. This plan received high global visibility as it drew on the strengths of the 24 UN entities in our team; it was practical and was an agreed-upon roadmap for national action on the pandemic in Moldova. With the UN reform process, RCs now have a direct reporting line to the UN Secretary-General. This supports the RCs’ strategic engagement with our government counterparts and our member state colleagues in the diplomatic corps and the development community. At the same time, here in Moldova — as in other countries — RCs also strive to stay closely connected to the people and communities we serve. That is a core principle of how we work. Close and effective relationships at all levels position the RC to achieve better results. The UN is an international organization, but many of the benefits it confers are national. That is, our results happen within countries. We tailor our services to countries to support their needs and to build on their own strengths to grow more prosperous and equitable. The UN is able to yield such benefits to individual nations precisely because it is an international organization — in support of government and working with all sectors of society. Consultation is the key to both success and sustainable outcomes. By listening to everyone and facilitating dialogue, we can create an environment where collective solutions are agreed to solving long-lasting and complex problems. I’m proud of the work the UN Country Team — all 24 UN entities — has done in Moldova. Our cooperation with government to understand complex policy solutions, through to recognizing how to address these needs by speaking to citizens to find common solutions and ensure that no one is left behind in the process. I am particularly proud of how the UN system in Moldova has never hesitated in our support, even during the worst moments of the pandemic. The team stayed and delivered, never once suspending our operations. The UN Country Team worked effectively together during the pandemic, because that’s the only way we can deliver. The dedicated staff of the UN know that lives depend on their work. The daily work of UNCTs is the fulfilment of UN reform. We carry it out. We discuss it. We debate it. We experiment. We innovate. We work hard. We reform the UN every day. I’ll return to the maxim from the beginning: If the UN didn’t exist, we would have to invent it. Let’s look at this from another perspective. The UN does exist, and we must reinvent it every day. We remember our history, but we must always look afresh at our work. Always reform. Always improve. The people of the world demand no less and deserve no less. Simon Springett is the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Moldova. To learn more about the United Nations in Moldova please visit: Moldova.UN.org.
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19 November 2020
Work with us - TENDERS
The United Nations in Moldova purchases annually different types of products and services for the needs of its agencies, programs and funds. Currently, the UN system in Moldova includes 23 resident and non-resident agencies, funds and programs.
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28 September 2021
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