Rwanda signs on for ‘One UN’ program

The United Nations has announced that Rwanda will participate in the “One UN” pilot program that aims to better coordinate development activities nationally.

The scheme will test how the greater UN family can ensure efficient and more effective development operations, while aiming to speed up activities to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.

The reform projects – also set to be carried out in Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam – will consolidate the UN’s presence by replacing current structures with one leader, one programme and one budget, thus allowing various UN agencies to play to their strengths while also building on the strengths of different members of the UN family.

Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, James Musoni, says that “Rwanda is proud to have been selected as a pilot country for the implementation of the One UN Reform at country level…The efficiency of the UN agencies is crucial to the success of Rwanda’s development endeavors.”