United Nations Coordination in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, as in many other countries, the UNDP Resident Representative also serves as the Resident Coordinator (RC), and the UNDP office provides various types of support to the work of UN agencies in the country. The RC system brings together the various UN agencies in Bulgaria to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all activities. Specifically, UN agencies, both jointly and alone, assist Bulgaria to reach the Millennium Development Goals aiming to improve peoples’ lives through out the world. Annual Reports of the UN Resident Coordinator for Bulgaria outline the coordinated work of the UN country team during the year.
Annual Report of the UN Resident Coordinator for 2006 (56 KB)
Annual Report of the UN Resident Coordinator for 2007
UN Family in Bulgaria
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) also maintain country offices. The International Labor Organization (ILO) is represented in Bulgaria by a national correspondent officer, while the Bretton Woods Institutions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) both have resident missions. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) operates a project office in Sofia coordinating regional drug interdiction and crime prevention. Project offices are maintained also by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which collaborates with the UN agencies around the world, also has a field mission to Bulgaria.
Partnership among the UN agencies
The UN Social Development Unit (UNSDU) has been the best example of the growing partnership of UN agencies in Bulgaria. Established in 2000, the UN Social development Unit includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and UNDP. They jointly work under the UN Resident Coordinator guidance with a focus on youth, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
UN Working in Bulgaria
The national political consensus on direction of reform and the necessity of working within the framework provided by EU accession has provided good opportunities for UN agencies to do work on many issues throughout the country. The issues on which most UN programmes focus, such as employment generation, health, minority integration and equal opportunity access, human rights and local government capacity building are priority areas for the Bulgarian government and this translated into UN agency supported work producing more results. In the coming years, as Bulgaria joint the European Union, UN system programmes will increasingly focus on supporting Bulgaria to benefit from the new development opportunities arising from the EU membership.