Peshawar: The first meeting of the Provincial Steering Committee for the One UN Programme II (OP II) was held in the KP Civil Secretariat in Peshawar. Khalid Pervaiz, Additional Chief Secretary, Planning and Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Jacques Franquin, Head of Office, UNHCR Peshawar co-chaired the meeting. Timo Pakkala, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator was also present at the meeting. The Secretary P&D, Dr. Aftab Durrani and representatives of other provincial departments were also in attendance.
The One UN Programme 2013 – 2017 is the five-year strategic development framework developed jointly by the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations system in the country after extensive consultations with provincial governments, civil society and other development partners.
Key areas of UN support include: access to social services, economic growth and employment, resilience against disasters, governance and social justice as well as food and nutrition security. In line with the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, joint Government-UN Steering Committees were established at the federal level and in each administrative area in order to provide strategic guidance, monitoring and also review the implementation of One UN Programme in their respective province/areas.
“We warmly welcome the United Nations colleagues in Peshawar and take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to working together with the
United Nations for the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province” said Khalid Pervaiz in his opening remarks. On behalf of the KP Government, he appreciated the work undertaken by the UN, especially in the challenging security environment.
Jacques Franquin thanked the KP government for its ownership of the OP II plan; he expressed the need to form synergies during implementation within the province to enhance the effectiveness of the OP II planned for 2013-2017.
Timo Pakkala, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator said that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained one of the most active partners for the development of the ONE UN Programme 2013-17 and its strong engagement is instrumental to the successful implementation of the plan and to the overall operations of the United Nations in the province.
“The increased role and responsibility conferred upon the provinces through the 18th Amendment has made the UN’s engagement all the more crucial to the success of the OP II. In line with the spirit of devolution, the joint Government-UN led Steering Committee is constituted to ensure coherent programme implementation and enhanced coordination at the provincial level,” said Jacques Franquin, Head of UNHCR Sub Office, Peshawar and co-chair of the Steering Committee Meeting.
Participants in the meeting, including provincial secretaries as well as EAD and United Nations representatives, discussed the provincial steering mechanism, its composition and terms of reference and possible communications activities.