UNDP and the United Nations System in Thailand

UNDP and UNThe United Nations signed a new five-year partnership with the Thai government in April 2011.

The UNDP Resident Representative in ThaIland is also the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) representing the UN system. As the chair of the UN Country Team (a team comprising the heads of UN agencies), the Resident Coordinator provides overall leadership for the United Nations strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development.

The effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator System is central to providing ever higher quality services to programme countries to enable them to accelerate MDG progress, advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development.

According to UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, “When we empower Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams, streamline decision-making, and lay out clear lines of accountability, we do improve the coherence, effectiveness, and efficiency of the UN at the country level.”

The UN Country Team developed the United Nations Partnership Framework Agreement  (UNPAF) for Thailand for the period of 2012 to 2016. The agreement builds on the UNPAF 2007-2011 and guides the preparation and implementation of UN programmes in Thailand during the next five-year period.The UNPAF 2012-16 is the result of extensive discussions with government and non-government partners of the UN and within the UN Country Team. 

It focuses on the UN working in partnership with the RTG and other stakeholders to provide to Thailand, as a middle-income country, the highest quality policy advice and other support, in a quick, flexible and efficient manner. This partnership is also a two-way sharing of knowledge and experience through which Thailand shares its expertise and experience with the rest of the world as well as benefiting from knowledge and best practices from other countries.The UNPAF 2012-16 is closely aligned with the following three development strategies contained in the RTG’s 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (NESDP 2012-2016):

Promoting the just society:
 The UN system will support social reform for equity and empowerment, including strengthening the social protection system, enhancing human rights and access to justice, and improving the quality of information for and analysis of issues in social policy. It will also provide support for specific social programmes that are the focus of particular UN agencies. 

Strengthening economic cooperation in the region:
 The UN system will support Thailand as an effective development partner in the international community and support the development of a creative economy in view of the important role this will play in strategically positioning Thailand as a socio-economic regional actor. 

Managing natural resources and the environment towards sustainability: The UN system will support Thailand in responding to the challenges of climate change, and work on issues with respect to the nexus between poverty and the environment and energy and the environment.

The UNPAF 2012-16 is also aligned with the three other development strategies of the 11th NESDP, where support will be more limited and provided by UN agencies working individually or through thematic collaboration. Both the UNCT and the RTG also appreciate the importance of the normative work of the UN and the fact that such work increases in relative importance for the UN as countries climb the “development ladder”.

United Nations Agencies in Thailand

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, we are now owned by 63 members, mostly from the region.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

As a knowledge organization, FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
ICAO sets the international standards and regulations that are necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. ICAO also serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among the 190 member States.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)
The IFC promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve peoples' lives. Established in 1956, IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO brings together the governments, and employers' and workers' organizations of its 178 Member States in common action to improve social protection and conditions of life and work throughout the world.

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Thailand
The (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration can benefit everyone.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
OCHA is mandated to coordinate the UN's humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy.

UNAIDS Thailand

The main advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS leads, strengthen and supports and expanded response to the epidemic.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office
The UNDP Thailand Country Office is a center of excellence dedicated to providing policy advice and  advocacy for change in support of human development and partnership.

UNDP Bureau Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnerships for caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of generations.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
The ESCAP is the regional arm of the United Nations Secretariat for the Asian and Pacific region serving as the regional hub promoting cooperation among member States to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication.

United Nations Population Fund Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (UNFPA APRO)

UNFPA is the largest international source of support in population and development, reproductive health and gender empowerment. Collaboration in Thailand includes HIV prevention, improved maternal health and support for older persons.

United Nations Population Fund Thailand Country Office (UNFPA CO)
UNFPA is the largest international source of support in population and development, reproductive health and gender empowerment. Collaboration in Thailand includes HIV prevention, improved maternal health and support for older persons.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT's mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustianable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

UNHCR's mandate to provide international protection and seek durable solutions for refugees comes from a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Country Office

UNICEF is devoted to guaranteeing the rights of all children to survival, development, protection and participation.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

UNICEF is devoted to guaranteeing the rights of all children to survival, development, protection and participation.

UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
UNIDO's mission is to improve the living conditions of people and promote global prosperity through tailor-made solutions for the sustainable industrial development of developing countries and countries as well as economies in transition benefiting the economy, employment and environment.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

UN Women works to promote gender equality between women and men, and to advance the status of women. UNIFEM brings women's interests and concerns to the world development agenda.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

UNISDR was appointed by the United Nations General Assembly as the successor to the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) to serve as the UN mechanism for the coordination of disaster reduction activities worldwide.

United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
UNODC for East Asia and the Pacific supports the application of rule of law measures to respond to human security challenges and promotes health and development. The main areas of intervention are illicit trafficking, anti-corruption, criminal justice, drug demand reduction, HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users, prisoners and other vulnerable groups, and sustainable livelihoods.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR)

UNOHCHR encourages the International Community and its member states to uphold universally agreed human rights standards.

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is a self-financing entity of the United Nations system, which provides operational and management services worldwide to the United Nations agencies and governments.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)
Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has now 191 member countries. The mission of the UPU is to stimulate the lasting development of efficient and accessible universal postal services of quality in order to facilitate communication between the inhabitants of the world.

World Bank Group

The World Bank contributes to the National Development Agenda through policy advice and financing on priority medium-term structural issues.

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP seeks to eradicate global hunger and poverty. It meets emergency needs, supports economic & social development and works to put hunger at the centre of the international agenda.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is a specialized agency within the Charter of the United Nations and was established in 1948 "for the purpose of co-operation among themselves and with others to promote the health for all people."