AMMAN — Jordan and the United Nations on Tuesday signed the Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), which was endorsed by the Council of Ministers for the period 2018-2022.
The UNSDF, signed by Planning and International Cooperation Minister Emad Fakhouri and Anders Pedersen, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Jordan, is the UN partnership framework with the government covering the period 2018-2022.
It serves as a medium-term strategic plan, guiding the work of the UN country team in Jordan, according to a ministry statement.
It is anchored on national priorities articulated by the Jordanian government and national development partners. The values of the UNSDF are rooted in the principles of the UN charter and other internationally agreed frameworks as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it said.
During the signing ceremony, Fakhouri said that the document is the result of more than a year of analysis, studies and consultations involving government agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector, international financial institutions and academic institutions. The comprehensive country assessment was conducted at the beginning of the preparation process.
He added that the document is an important reference for identifying the points of strength and weakness of the interventions of UN organizations in Jordan.
It is based and fully aligned with the Integrated Framework for Economic and Social Policies for the next 10 years (Jordan 2025 document). The framework of cooperation was formulated in line with national development priorities, the Jordan Response Plans for the Syrian Crisis (JRP), the Executive Development Programs (EDP) (2018-2022), in addition to the National Strategy for Human Resource Development (2016-2025) and the Roadmap for Implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda (2030) in Jordan and elsewhere, the statement pointed out.
It said that over the next five years, the document will focus on achieving three interlinked priorities including strengthening institutions, empowering individuals, and enhancing opportunities.
The new framework will provide a basis for enhancing the cooperation, coherence and effectiveness of development initiatives, supporting the work of UN organizations in Jordan, ensuring maximum impact at the national level and intensifying efforts to mitigate the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis. Jordan will be the first country in the Arab world to adopt this approach, it said.
The main priorities of the UNSDF for the years 2018-2022 are deepening peace and stability, protecting human rights and social cohesion through capacity-building and institutional systems, empowering individuals and providing opportunities for women, youth and the most vulnerable groups.
It also seeks to pursue balanced, sustainable and comprehensive economic growth through support for a more diversified and competitive economic system, and strengthen the role of women to be stronger and more equal in the political, economic and social fields, according to the statement.
The minister said that Jordan will continue to count on the role of the UN and its support to achieve its development plans and priorities set out in the Jordan 2025 and its successive Executive Development Programs aimed at sustaining Jordan’s resilience and improving the lives of Jordanians.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the UN’s support to Jordan over the many years, and especially at these challenging and critical times in light of the regional circumstances", Fakhouri said.
For his part, Pedersen stressed that UNSDF is fully consistent with Jordan's Vision 2025 and other key policy documents, which include JRP and successive operational development programs. It promotes the government's commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 17 sustainable development goals related to the Agenda, human rights conventions and other agreed upon international treaties.
"UNFSD reflects the commitment of the UN to work towards a more coherent approach and more effective ways of linking humanitarian and development work that would support Jordan's humanitarian response and work towards sustainable development," Pedersen said.