Office of Strategy, Programme and Budget (OSP)

UN development system repositioning and FAO Country Programming Frameworks

Following the release of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Guidance in 2019, the Organization has revamped and boosted its country-level planning to be fully integrated with the UNSDCF and to better place FAO within the UN development system (UNDS) repositioning at country level.

The Country Programming Framework (CPF) is FAO’s planning and programming strategic instrument at country level.

Following the UNSDCF guidance, FAO revised its own Country Programming Framework (CPF) Guidelines, to fully derive the FAO CPF from the UNSDCF and align with its cycle. The CPF is now also tightly linked to the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA). FAO Representatives (FAORs) have primary responsibility for ensuring that FAO’s contributions to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at country level are reflected in the UNSDCF. FAORs build strong alliances within the UN Country Teams and leverage support for FAO’s work and initiatives in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework.

The UNSDCF represents the UN commitment against which UNDS entities are held collectively and individually accountable. The FAO CPF is fully embedded within the UNSDCF process and steps. This ensures that the UN approach is cohesive and that collective efforts of the UNDS support country ownership and address national SDG priorities and gaps.

OSP facilitates the overall coordination of CPFs and oversees planning, monitoring and reporting of the CPFs in close coordination with regional CPF focal points in FAO's Regional Offices.

Interview on UNDSCF and FAO CPF