The United Nations Office for Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) is an integrated field mission. The UN Integration policy first emerged in 2006. By decision of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon of 26 June 2008, UNOGBIS together with another 10 political missions became an integrated mission. The SG explained that the decision had the purpose to: “to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN’s response, concentrating on those activities required to consolidate peace”. He added that “to achieve this main purpose at the country level, there should be an effective strategic partnership between the UN mission/office and the Country Team operate in a coherent and mutually supportive manner, and in close collaboration with other partners.”
UNIOGBIS has four subdivisions working under the direction of the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs : (1) Political Affairs Section; (2) Rule of Law and Security Institutions Section; (3) Human Rights and Gender Section and, which also represents the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); (4) Public Unit Information Unit
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Guinea Bissau, is coordinated by the Deputy Special Representative/UN Resident Coordinator, includes the following agencies, funds and programmes resident in Guinea Bissau: FAO, UNWOMEN, OHCHR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and WHO – non-resident agencies: ILO, OCHA, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNODC, UNOPS, UNHABITAT. UNAIDS, UNODC and UNHABITAT also have project offices in Bissau. The IMF also has a full representation in Guinea-Bissau and the World Banks is currently reestablishing its presence.
Given the integrated nature of UNIOGBIS, the UNCT works closely together under the leadership of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary -General to enhance results under the Security Council mandate for Guinea-Bissau. The United Nations- Guinea Bissau Partnership Framework 2016-2020 (UNPAF) provides the framework for this approach and is fully aligned with national priorities as defined in the National Vision 2025 and the Strategic and Operational Plan 2015-20120, Terra Ranka, presented at the Brussels Round Table in March 2015.
The four pillars of the UNPAF:
- Democratic governance, Peace and stability.
- Inclusive economic growth.
- Human development and basic services.
- Sustainable development and disaster risk mitigation.
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