United Nations Country Team Annual Retreat


The UNCT Annual Retreat commenced on 8th February at UN House in Ankara and continued at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in Cappadoccia, Nevsehir between 11-12 February 2019. The Annual Retreat was held under the chairmanship of Ms Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey with the participation of the Heads of following UN Agencies; FAO, ILO, IOM, OCHA, UNDP, UNDSS, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIC, UNICEF, UNIDO, UN Women, WFP, WHO and OHCHR.

The objective of the Retreat was to overview the results achieved in 2018 by the United Nations System in Turkey and planning for the 2019 common results as well as the implications of the UN Reform.

The first part of the UNCT Annual Retreat was held on 8 February 2019 in Ankara. With a view to reinforcing the bases for UN’s strategy and its way forward key note speakers were engaged in providing an update on key political and economic developments. In this regard, Mr Sinan Ülgen, the Chairman of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), talked about the key political issues and Ms Pınar Özlü, the Director-General for the Research and Monetary Policy at the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, briefed the participants on the recent economic  developments in order for them to conceptualize the UN interventions in Turkey.

The second part of the UNCT Retreat continued in Cappadocia between 11-12 February 2019. The Representatives of the UN Agencies discussed the progress and challenges, agreed on the way forward to make relevant decisions for the UN System to ensure the UN system in Turkey works as a coherent whole to address the existing and emerging development, human rights and humanitarian challenges of Turkey in a manner which results in enhanced impact. In addition to internal planning, discussions on establishing coordination, implementation and monitoring mechanisms were held.

Mechanisms for the UN agencies to work together with the results/working groups to foster the joint programmes, joint knowledge management and communication were also discussed with the aim of creating new synergies for the UN system.