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Division of Cooperation with Extrabudgetary Funding Sources

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    PROGRAMME 2010-2011 (35 C/5)

    Part III.A External relations and cooperation

    Cooperation with extrabudgetary funding sources: Strengthening and diversifying extrabudgetary resources in support of programme priorities and implementation of the Action Plan for improved management of extrabudgetary activities

    UNESCO expects to continue to receive a major part of its financial resources from extrabudgetary contributions. In order for these contributions to reinforce the strategic programme objectives and the biennial sectoral priorities, projected extrabudgetary activities will be included in the complementary “additional programme for targeted/projected activities” as outlined in the Director-General’s Action Plan for improved management of extrabudgetary activities, endorsed by the Executive Board at its 175th session. This complementary additional programme which was launched in the last biennium, will be adapted as necessary throughout the biennium to address emerging needs, notably those identified in countries in post-conflict and post-disaster situations. It will form the basis for the implementation of UNESCO’s extrabudgetary resource mobilization strategic plan, under the overall coordination of the Sector for External Relations and Cooperation.
    In the above context, UNESCO’s activities will also be guided by the implementation of the “Delivering as One” approach at the country level, and by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (March 2005) and the recommendations of the Accra Agenda for Action Plan (September 2008). All imply the strengthening of partnerships between donor and beneficiary countries to ensure the predictability of aid flows, the development of country capacities to manage for results, as well as the need to move towards results based approaches and an alignment of international development cooperation (captured in common country programming instruments, such as UNDAFs or PRSs) with national development strategies under the full ownership of the partner country in question. The programming of UNESCO’s projected extrabudgetary activities, and the associated resource mobilization, will therefore increasingly reflect the policy advice, advocacy and capacity-building, and monitoring that UNESCO is providing for the Governments of the partner countries, as also evidenced in the preparation of a number of UNESCO Country Programming Documents (UCPDs).

    Beyond the reinforced strategies and modalities for programming of projected extrabudgetary activities, notably the complementary additional programme, and the associated resource mobilization, UNESCO will also continue to develop and upgrade tools for improved monitoring and implementation, especially through intranet based information services, training tools and the negotiation, development and dissemination of standard funding agreements and templates. Measures will be pursued, notably through training of UNESCO staff and interested National Commissions, to enhance UNESCO’s delivery capacity of extrabudgetary projects with a view to rendering cooperation activities fully sustainable. Finally, the steps already taken during the previous biennia to ensure regular monitoring of extrabudgetary activities, both by senior management, through the Sector Alert Systems, and by the governing bodies, with a view to provide overall policy guidance, will be further pursued. The sectors will also administer the UNESCO Coupons Scheme.

    Consult also: Approved programme and budget, 2010-2011 (35C/5)

     
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