UN Swaziland - About Us
We connect Swaziland to UN values
The United Nations is a universal organization whose purposes are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.
Swaziland is a member of the United Nations since indeopendence in 1968.
In Swaziland the United Nations is committed to enhancing the performance and impact of the UN system in contributing to the development of the Kingdom. Under the “Delivering As One” concept, the UN system seeks to further strengthen the management and coordination of UN activities so that they can make an even more effective contribution to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals MDGs).
UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
To this end, the UN system in Swaziland has developed an action programme known as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2011 to 2015. The Framework is designed to work in alignment to the national development priorities. The value the UN adds to development progress in Swaziland is its expertise in analyzing issues through its reports, its advocacy role in promoting the MDGs and its commitment to a pro-poor agenda.
In Swaziland, the United Nations contributes to agriculture and supports the country fight poverty and eradicate hunger through knowledge, policies and modern practices that improve productivity, self reliance and food security. The UN also supports the country deliver food assistance to save lives during emergency situations as well as promoting nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerabl;e people at critical times in their lives.
The UN connects Swaziland to a global network of knowledge, experiences and resources that contribute to building better lives. We advocate for human development and help the country develop and implement its own solutions to its national development challenges.
We also contribute to peace building and sustained development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture and information and communication.
The UN is active in support of child survival and development, education and life skills and safety nets for child protection. We work in education and promote the rights of children to access universal education.
In health, we provide leadership and help shape health policy. We promote equitable access to essential care and a collective defence against transnational threats to health.
Good health key to human development
We recognize that key to national development is good health of mothers. The UN promotes the right of women, men and children to enjoy good health and equal opportunity. We support the nation to use population data for policies and programmes and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person is free from HIV&AIDS.
Recognizing that corruption is a cancer to development, the UN supports global efforts to prevent and eradicate transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption. In Swaziland, the UN supports the prevention of injection drug use and of HIV transmission in prison settings.
In all UN programmes, we are conscious of the nation's HIV burden. We support the country respond to the epidemic, the UN has pooled its collective resources and provides technical and financial support to HIV interventions and advocates for an expanded national response to the epidemic.
We value the promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and the sustainable exploitation of the environment in all development efforts.
Working With Civil Society
Engagement with civil society
The United Nations in Swaziland has established formal structures for engaging with non-state partners as well as structures of elected leaders. This is both part of implementing the United Nations reform agenda, especially the Cardoso Report, but also, the desire for gbetter understanding of the national development context.
To strengthen its engagemernt in this sector, the UN has established relationships with the following structures:
a. Civil Society
At the global level, the United Nations has a long histopry of working with civil society in a range of issues and at various levels.
The United Nations is both a participant in and a witness to an increasingly global civil society. More and more, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs) are UN system partners and valuable UN links to civil society. CSOs play a key role at major United Nations Conferences and are indispensable partners for UN efforts at the country level. NGOs are consulted on UN policy and programme matters. The UN organizes and hosts, on a regular basis, briefings, meetings and conferences for NGO representatives who are accredited to UN offices, programmes and agencies.
In Swaziland the UN has a strong partnership with civil society organizations who have been, for a long time important development partners in the implementation of UN development projects. This role has grown increasingly important in light of the UN reform agenda which places increasing emphasis on the capacity of civil society in the implementation of UN development resources.
The progressive rollout of the Harmonized Cash Transfer modality has increased the demand for the UNCT to have a clearer understanding of the administrative capacity of implementing partners to absorb and deploy and properly account for UN development resources. This knowledge enables the UN to identify existing gaps and undertake capacity building for efficient and effective service delivery.
At the strategic level the UN also values engagement with civil society partners and their advice on the development policy environment.
In this regard, the UN has launched the UN Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC). It is made up of civil society leaders from a cross section of the development community. The UNCT regularly engages the CSAC for policy advice and analysis.
b. Working with legislators
The UNCT also recognizes the importance of legislators for their role as representatvies and the voice of their constituencies, their individual and collective input in the development of national laws and polices and their oversight over government deployment of national resources.
The UNCT has established a mechanism for a regular annual retreat of the UNCT and Parliament. The first joint retreat in July 2009 resulted in the creation of a Parliament Sessional Committee made up of members of both Houses of Parliament. The committee is responsible for overseeing the development in the relationship between legislators and the UNCT.
c. Working with the media
The UNCT has a regular quarterly consultation with the Swaziland Editors Forum during which it presents the collective interest of the UN.
The meetings which are attended by all editors from each of the principal national media organizations (Newspapers: The Times Swaziland, the Swazi Observer, Swazi News, Weeklend Observer, Times Sunday Broadcasters: Swaziland TV and Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Service (government radio) and Channel S TV) present an opportunity for the UNCT to promote UN advocacy by raising key issues especially around the Millennium Development Goals for dialogue with news media leaders.
The question and answer sessions that is part of these sessions, not only promotes understanding of the UN within the media and draw attention to upcoming UN events and interests; it also enables the UNCT to gain insigth of development dynamics as reflected through the media.
c. UN Association of Swaziland
The UNCT has established a United Nations Association (of Swaziland, UNASWA) to enhance the relationship between the people of Swaziland and the United Nations.
It is expected that the association will mobilize public support for and popular participation in those UN programs in which citizens are expected to play a role.
In this regard, a Preparatory Committee has been established. It is made up of leading figures in the political, professional and religious fields representating a cross section of groups within the Kingdom.
The association is in the process of registration and is expected to be launched during 2010.