UNDCS Joint Steering Committee Meeting held in Ankara




United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) Joint Steering Committee meeting was held in Ankara on 25 June with the participation of Hande Hacımahmutoğlu, Director, the Presidency of Strategy and Budget, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, United Nations Resident Coordinator, representatives from ministries, academia, civil society and the UN Turkey.

Participants discussed the UNDCS 2018 Initial Results and Findings, discussed the 2019 Work Plans of the Result Groups and the Next Common Country Programming Process.



The UNDCS is a joint effort of the United Nations (UN) System in Turkey and the Government of Turkey and covers a five year period (2016-2020). UNDCS enables the UN system to provide a collective, coherent and integrated response and support to national priorities and needs, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

How was it formulated?

The UNDCS was formulated with the participation of governmental partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academia and Private sector, while taking the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness into account assuring ownership, harmonization, alignment, results and mutual accountability in the implementation.

A distinctive feature

A distinctive feature of the UNDCS is that in addition to addressing development priorities, it also includes UN’s engagement with humanitarian issues due to the spill-over effects of the protracted conflict in Syria.

Joint Steering Committee

The UNDCS is governed by a Joint UNDCS Steering Committee under the co-leadership of Presidency of Strategy and Budget and the United Nations Resident Coordinator.

Main areas

The five-year programme consists of four strategic pillars and eight results approved by the Government of Turkey. These are aligned to the four strategic pillars of the National Development Plan, namely:

1. Qualified People, Strong Society;
2. Innovative Production, High and Stable Growth;
3. Liveable Places, Sustainable Environment;
4. International Cooperation for Development.

UNDCS and four strategic areas

Sustainable, Inclusive Growth and Development
Result 1: By 2020, relevant government institutions operate in an improved legal and policy framework, and institutional capacity and accountability mechanisms assure a more enabling (competitive, inclusive and innovative) environment for sustainable, job-rich growth and development for all women and men.

Result 2: By 2020, all underserved population groups have more equitable and improved access to integrated, sustainable and gender sensitive quality services (e.g. health, education, decent employment, and social protection systems).

Result 3: By 2020, improved implementation of more effective policies and practices for all men and women on sustainable environment, climate change, biodiversity by national, local authorities and stakeholders, including resilience of the system/communities to disasters.

Democratic Governance and Human Rights
Result 4: By 2020, central and local administrations and other actors more effectively protect and promote human rights, and adopt transparent, accountable, pluralistic and gender sensitive governance systems, with the full participation of civil society, including the most vulnerable.

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Result 5: Improved legislation, policies, implementation and accountability mechanisms to enable equal and effective social, economic and political participation of women and girls by 2020.

Result 6: Improved legislation, policies, implementation and accountability mechanisms (on prevention and protection) to promote gender equality and reduce all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence by 2020.

Migration and International Protection
Result 7: Government institutions provide improved and sustainable multi-sectoral services to people under international protection based on the rights and entitlements as stipulated in the Law on Foreigners and International Protection and Temporary Protection Regulation.

Result 8: Central/local administrations and civil society effectively manage migration with a particular focus on vulnerable migrants and people under international protection.