UNDP and the UN System

ALternative text for imagesCelebrating UN Day by participating in the olive harvest in the West Bank (UNDP/PAPP photo)

As the lead United Nations organization in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator (UNSCO) coordinates the work of the United Nations system in support of the peace process to ensure an adequate response to the needs of the Palestinian people, to the priorities of the Palestinian Authority, and to mobilize financial, technical, economic and other assistance.

UNSCO's role as coordinator of the United Nations family in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was established within the context of a series of donor and UN coordination mechanisms that were set up after the Oslo Accords and in subsequent agreements, including the Paris Protocol on economic affairs.

The Special Coordinator provides overall strategic guidance to United Nations programmes and agencies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to both those with representation in the field and those based abroad.  UNSCO facilitates coordination within the United Nations family to ensure that the Organization's overall approach to socio-economic development is integrated and unified, and is consistent with the priorities identified by the State of Palestine.

UNDP serves as an umbrella organization for several UN agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory. The umbrella functions relate essentially to matters involving travel, logistics, payments, coordination and other related activities.

In terms of programming, there has been bilateral coordination and several joint UN initiatives that have been implemented through UNDP including infrastructural works within UNRWA refugee camps, ILO and WHO funded projects, kindergartens where UNDP constructed buildings and UNESCO provided inputs for curriculum development, in addition to its role in assisting all other UN agencies in working together for the achievement of the MDG’s.

Mission of the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territory

The UN will continue to promote the two-state solution, based on relevant Security Council resolutions, the Madrid principles, the Road Map, existing agreements between the parties, and the Arab Peace Initiative. The UN will combine its influence, resources and legitimacy to ensure the resolution of all permanent status issues as part of the two-state solution.

As the UN in the State of Palestine, our mission is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of people and institutions in government, civil society and the private sector, in pursuit of the statehood agenda and sustainable human development, within the framework of respect for the rule of law and human rights.

This mission includes ensuring everyone has freedom of movement, access to and control over natural resources, promoting equitable access to and provision of quality services without discrimination and supporting vulnerable populations in need through humanitarian action.

UN agencies in the country


  1. Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator (UNSCO) 
  2. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  3. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  
  4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  5. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  6. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  7. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  8. UN Women
  9. United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNOHCHR)
  10. World Food Programme (WFP)
  11. World Health Organization (WHO)
  12. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  13. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  14. United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  15. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  16. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  17. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
  18. United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
  19. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  20. United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV)
  21. The World Bank

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