Resident UN Entities

There are six resident UN entities in Swaziland: 


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has the broad mandate for reduction of poverty, inequalities and exclusion. UNDP is responsible for strengthening sustainable development pathways, inclusive and effective democratic governance and resilience. This is achieved through policy and legislation reform, advocacy, capacity building and facilitating South-South triangulation.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is responsible for the promotion and protection of children's rights and equitable access to key social services. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) focuses on strengthening the national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV services, including family planning with a special focus on youth, particularly adolescent girls. This increased focus on youth and adolescents is also aimed at supporting programmes for harnessing demographic dividend. The programme further strengthens national capacity for prevention and response to gender-based violence, research and analysis of quality and timely disaggregated data on population and development issues including the 2017 Population and Housing Census.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food assistance agency of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger and strengthen food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable people.

Targeted interventions are needed to help to improve the lives of the poorest people - people who, either permanently or during crisis periods, are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to otherwise obtain the food that they and their households require for active and healthy lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a primary role of directing and coordinating international health within the UN system. Its areas of work include health system, promoting health through life course, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases and preparedness surveillance and response.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN entities namely UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank, working closely with national partners to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).