United Nations Country Team in Palestine

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Palestine, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator (RC), comprises all heads of UN agencies operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision making at the country-level on issues ranging from development assistance to issues pertaining to common or shared facilities and services. The main purpose of the UNCT is for individual agencies to plan and work together for the delivery of tangible results that enhance the development prospects for the people of Palestine. The UNCT works closely with the Government of Palestine and other development partners to ensure that its work is aligned with the Palestinian Authority's National Policy Agenda.

The overall framework under which the UNCT delivers is the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which presents the key shared development objectives of the UN system in the country. In this context, the UNCT works to ensure that implementation of the UNDAF is harmonized and is responsive to national priorities and targets.

The Country Team in Palestine consists of 22 agencies, funds, and programmes: 

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Trade Commission (ITC) *
Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) *
United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)*
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)*
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Register of Damages (UNRoD)
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Health Organization (WHO)

*These are non-resident agencies and do not have office presence in the oPt. 


Below are UNCT Reports, Press Releases and RC Statements: