2007 Resident Coordinator Annual Report
Thailand experienced volatile political transition in 2008 with four governments and three Prime Minsters (PM) in power since the beginning of the calendar year. This impacted on the government’s ability to implement policies and caused considerable disruption to the effectiveness of the UNCT’s operational and advocacy efforts. Despite the initial optimism which followed the return to democracy and civilian rule in December 2007, the year witnessed a series of destabilising events, including mass civil disobedience against the government, the dissolution of political parties, and the barring of two PMs from holding office. Streets protests saw the opposition of pro- and against government factions reflecting the deepening divide between the rural/working class and urban populations/intellectual elite of the country. After the dissolution of the leading party, the Democrat opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva managed to secure a coalition and became PM in late December. The formation of the new government led to a fragile stability. The significant polarisation of Thai society will take a long time to mend and places significant pressure on key institutions for their renewal and adaptation to the changing society. The political crisis coincided with a worsening global economic downturn, and was further exacerbated by self-inflected economic losses stemming from the closure of the country’s main international airports for ten days in early December. Violence in Southern Thailand continued unabated while the Bangkok-centred political turmoil curtailed opportunities to pursue coherent government strategies to ease the ongoing conflict there.

The overall political situation was also dominated by two other key events concerning relations with neighbouring countries: tension with Cambodia over the dispute regarding the ancient Preah Vihear temple (a decision to list it as a World Heritage Site gave rise to nationalist emotions on both sides); the repatriation of Lao Hmongs who had fled to Thailand raised concerns due to the lack of international monitoring mechanisms in place.

All of the above had a significant impact on the work of the UNCT, especially in terms of engaging in a sustained political dialogue with the government on key issues of concern. Dialogue was initiated with the first Government of PM Samak, but had to be re-initiated with the change of leadership. Long periods of uncertainty in the political arena made it more difficult to carry out strategic, advocacy activities such as those related to the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see below); as well as concretise programmatic interventions in difficult situations such as in Southern Thailand where the development-oriented institutional interface was hindered by the political stalemate. It is hoped that the new government of PM Abhisit will bring some stability and that a dialogue can be constructively established. Positive signs are being received to this extent.

Summary on progress towards UNDAF outcomes


Building on the outcomes of the 2007 UNPAF annual review meeting, several recommendations stemming from that meeting were implemented during the course of the year: a MIC Study was commissioned, TWG TORs were reviewed, a contingency planning process was initiated, and human rights were mainstreamed into the UNPAF (these are explained in greater detail elsewhere in this letter). As a result of these activities, it is clear that a greater focus in the UNPAF is required with a narrowing of outcomes and key outputs by the UN system in accordance with government priorities. In this regard, the UNPAF Mid-Term Review and Phase 2 of the MIC Study will be crucial in directly contributing to further narrowing the focus areas.

TORs of the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) were changed and approved by TICA and the UNCT. The new TORs increased ownership of the government in the UNPAF implementation and monitoring process. As a result, most TWGs now have a formal government co-chair and/or membership of government counterparts. TWGs also committed to further strategize their collective efforts within the UNPAF results. The TWG on Health, for example, decided to focus on two key health challenges: the health situation in southern Thailand and migrant workers’ healthcare issues. A collective approach is being designed together with the Ministry of Public Health. The TWG on Social Protection decided to focus on issues related to human trafficking; an area where most of the agencies are contributing and further synergies can be effectively pursued. Challenges however remain in ensuring the working effectiveness of the TWG structure. Further mainstreaming to enhance the effectiveness of TWGs and reduce transaction costs for all partners will be considered at the next UNCT Retreat in early 2009 and eventual government agreement will be sought.

Summary on progress in UN Reform


The UNCT and the Royal Thai Government (RTG) took some important steps towards UN reform in 2008. In particular efforts were made to strategically re-position the UN system in Thailand as a Middle-Income Country (MIC) and improve the coherence and effectiveness of the UNCT modus operandi. Key initiatives and results are outlined below.

MIC Study The UNCT and TICA (Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency – the UN’s main government counterpart) jointly designed a two-phase study in order to formulate a strategy to increase the UN’s coherence and effectiveness in the country. The first phase of the study was commissioned and completed in 2008. It aimed to assess “how” the UN system works and interacts with the RTG, as well as design recommendations on how the current modus operandi could be made more effective and efficient. Phase 2 of this study will be undertaken in 2009 and will assess “what” work the UN should undertake in Thailand and will assist in defining the UNCT’s strategic direction until completion of the current 2007-11 UNPAF cycle period. It will also assist the UNCT in better supporting the Government and its interactions with national partners. This two-phase study, once completed, should also contribute to formulating corporate policies on the role and functions of the UN system in MIC contexts. This exercise helped reinforce the partnership with the government and engage in a strategic discussion with national counterparts.

Support to MDG strategies While Thailand is set to reach most of the MDG targets at the national level ahead of the 2015 threshold, and has also set ambitious MDG+ targets for itself, significant disparities remain between different geographical areas and societal groups. In order to support the government to properly address this challenge, several UN agencies (namely UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, UNFPA and the WB) came together to strengthen the capacity of the National Statistics Office (NSO) and Provincial Statistical Offices to enable them to collect accurate, quality and up-to-date data for the monitoring of MDG indicators with geographical, gender and vulnerable groups disaggregation. Such data will then inform MDG-based strategic planning at the national and local level.

Aid effectiveness work Capacity building support on ODA management was provided to Thailand through TICA. A new ODA database system has been established, and will become operational in 2009. This has strengthened the role of Thailand as an aid provider in support of the aid effectiveness agenda (Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness). In addition, the Thailand’s representatives to the High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra (2-4 September 2008) shared information with other countries on Thailand's efforts in this respect. The first Thailand ODA Report 2007 was prepared providing the most up-to-date figures of Thailand ODA in 2007, in line with the OECD/DAC definition of ODA, with an analysis of Thailand's development cooperation policies and trends. The Report will be distributed to the Cabinet, Government partners, the Parliament, other development agencies and the general public in 2009. Lessons learned on South-South Cooperation (SSC) activities of Thailand were reviewed by TICA together with line ministries, national institutions and academic institutions. This review was a key step for TICA and national partners to jointly explore new modalities and harmonize their efforts to effectively and efficiently support future SSC activities.

Joint Programmes and Initiatives In 2008 great emphasis was placed on further strengthening joint programming activities and initiatives. Four joint programmes were implemented or are in the planning stages:

1. MDG Monitoring and Strengthening Statistical Capacity – Five agencies are working together to strengthen Thailand’s capacity to produce and use quality data and thus more effectively monitor achievements towards the MDGs and towards helping vulnerable groups (e.g. migrant population, gender disaggregated data) at the national and local levels. 2. Enhanced GFATM Grant Implementation in Thailand through local partner capacity building and improved multi-sectoral local response programming for AIDS. 3. UN Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son A proposal submitted for funding to the UNTFHS was successful. This joint programme is aimed at addressing access to social services and enhancing livelihood opportunities in Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s poorest province (ranked lowest of all 75 provinces in the 2007 Human Achievement Index). It is also one of the five provinces identified in UNPAF for concerted interventions of the UNCT. The project will start in early 2009. 4. Durable Solutions to the Protracted Refugees Situation along Thai-Myanmar Border A project proposal was successfully developed during the year for EC funding aimed at finding longer term solutions to ease the situation along the border. Funding was granted from the EC for this joint programme which will start in early 2009.

In addition to the joint programmes mentioned above, the UNCT successfully engaged in several joint initiatives under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator, enhancing the UN’s advocacy capacity and internal coherence. Worth highlighting are the following:

1. UDHR Commemoration: Commemorative events were organized for the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which increased advocacy and awareness of human rights in the country. These events included a training workshop to fully mainstream human rights into the UNPAF and the preparation, in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission, of a publication collecting voices and stories from all corners of the country related to each article of the UDHR. The campaign culminated in the launch on Human Rights Day of the publication entitled “Dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand”. Resources were jointly mobilised from several bilateral partners as well as participating UN agencies. A follow-up human rights “caravan” will be organized in early 2009 to continue advocacy aimed at disseminating the key voices and recommendations. Several line ministries have also committed to follow up on the recommendations outlined in the publication. 2. Southern Thailand: Under the guidance of the RC and the UN working group on Southern Thailand, a three-tier mission of international consultants and UNDP/BCPR colleagues was organized to support the UNCT in formulating an internal coherent planning framework for our contributions to ease the situation in southern Thailand. The planning framework was discussed and finalised and through this some of the agencies, i.e. UNDP and UNFPA, were able to better identify specific interventions that complement other UN agencies’ contributions already operating in this area. 3. Coordination with other UNCTs: Coordination was undertaken with neighbouring UNCTs on issues of common concern. Namely, the coordination set in place with the Myanmar Country Team continued in the context of supporting Myanmar colleagues in implementing Security Council Resolution 1612 on Children and Armed Conflict. Coordination also continued with colleagues in Laos over the issue of Lao Hmong displaced people. The UNCT continued to advocate with the Royal Thai Government for improved living conditions for displaced Lao Hmong people staying in the Nong Khai Immigration Detention Centre and ensuring a transparent repatriation process for those residing in the Petchabun camp. However difficulties have been encountered in accessing the Petchabun camp coupled with slow progress on reaching agreement on improving conditions in the Nong Khai detention centre. 4. Joint UNCT visits to Government Ministers: Following the election and Royal appointment of a new government, the UNCT held seven joint meetings with new government ministers in 2008. These joint calls led to concrete results, such as the call for a new round of migrant workers registration following the meeting with the Minister of Labour. However, following the rapid change in governments during the year, these meetings were postponed until a new government was appointed in late 2008 with joint visits with new ministers anticipated to resume in early 2009. 5. Development Cooperation Lunches: To advocate issues of concern to the UNCT, two Development Cooperation lunches were organized with the development community on human trafficking and human rights. In 2009, these lunches will be transformed into seminars where debates and discussions can be held among different stakeholders with the overall aim to influence policies.

Common Services Reform Further progress was made on common services with long-term agreements signed for mail services, cartridges and toners, printing facility and graphic, hotels and travel agents. In addition, the UNCT: 1. Further integrated and simplified the pre-contract process for national staff 2. Maintained a common induction programme with two sessions conducted in 2008 3. Issued joint vacancy announcements 4. Continued with a common GS-4 roster and common testing 5. Continued to use a cost-shared Common Learning Manger, Common learning programmes and knowledge sharing sessions.

Key aspects of the proposed 2009 workplan


The UNCT in Thailand will continue to implement the UNPAF and pursue progress towards achieving its goals. The new political landscape will be a key factor in the implementation of this year’s workplan, posing both challenges and opportunities. A UNCT retreat has taken place in February to discuss and agree upon key results to be jointly achieved.

In terms of continuing progress on UN reform in the specific context of Thailand, phase 2 of the study on the role of the UN in Thailand as a MIC will be carried out with a focus on analysing “what” work the UN undertakes in Thailand. A further revision of the TWG TORs and operational structure will be implemented and performance monitored during the course of the year. A joint UNPAF Mid-Term assessment may also be held in conjunction with the MIC phase 2, leading to a strategic re-positioning of UN/RTG partnership.

The UNCT will also jointly support the preparation of Thailand’s second national MDG Report, in conjunction with the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), which will enable further capacity development and better inform policy makers in evaluating MDG achievements and the government’s policies in addressing vulnerable groups in Thai society.

Further progress is anticipated on common services with enhanced efficiency and savings on administrative procedures continuing to be sought. Efforts will be focused on common human resources and procurement activities including standardised recruitment practices; joint UN induction sessions for all new UN staff; issuing of joint vacancy announcements; and consideration of much closer integration of procurement activities where it adds value. A common IT platform and e-protocol will be continued.

Should the present government demonstrate stability, this would represent an opportunity for the UNCT to advocate and work on a number of key issues of concern, which are politically sensitive. The UNCT will conduct joint visits to the new government ministers to collectively engage in policy advocacy and highlight areas where the UN system can best add value and lend support to the government. Critical issues include the situation in Thailand’s southernmost provinces, which is likely to remain one of the priority issues for the UNCT in 2009. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and request a joint mission with the Royal Thai Government (RTG) to evaluate the situation and how the UNCT can best provide support to the RTG. The handling of incoming migrant workers will also remain an issue which will require joint advocacy efforts in order to sustain equal treatment, focusing on migrant registration policies and rights’ protection. As a follow-up to the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the launch of the publication ”Dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand”, the UNCT will continue to collaborate with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to disseminate the publication in order to raise awareness on human rights issues among the general public as well as policy-makers at national and local levels. A “caravan/road show of human rights” will be organized, to advocate the recommendations of the report to stakeholders in and around Bangkok. In collaboration with the NHRC, the UNCT aims at having the Prime Minister officially close this series of events which will include human rights training and outreach activities.

Recommendations


While the development of joint programmes is called for by UN agencies and partners for the sake of increased aid effectiveness and coherence for results, administrative bottlenecks at the field level are still encountered when trying to translate this into practice. New tools for joint programmes and standardised MoUs are welcome, but further work should be done to facilitate funding by bilateral donors and financing arrangements among participating UN agencies. The standard financing agreement between UNDP and the European Commission, for example, does not allow for joint programme administrative arrangements as codified in the new Standard Administrative Agreement and MoUs issued by DOCO for pint programmes. These should be further discussed and streamlined at HQ level with relevant bilateral partners. We would be happy to share our experience from the field in this regard to support the formulation of a more flexible and efficient framework.

We have found that HACT has not increased efficiencies for the government in the context of Thailand. This is a MIC, and the amount the UN is contributing to the country is tiny compared to the national budget. Transferring funds directly to the government, in this context, increases, rather than reduces, the transaction costs for our national counterparts. Project-based operations’ efficiency is put into question and more innovative, specific forms of providing support to the government are needed. In line with more efficient delivery mechanisms for UNCTs operating in MICs, guidance is also needed to better respond to the priorities and emerging needs of MICs, focusing on policy advisory services. It would be worth considering and discussing strategic tools, beyond the UNPAF, to enable the UNCT to respond to the specific characteristics of MICs in a more flexible and proactive manner.

The sharing of UN coordination costs also still needs to be formally addressed at HQ level to appease all agencies whilst new funding mechanisms for sustainable management of professional RC units are designed at headquarters level. It is worth noting that the RC Office in Thailand is funded on a voluntary basis by all UN agencies on a cost-shared basis, in addition to the SRC and UNCCF funds received from DOCO.

Recommendations made in previous years still remain valid overall (e.g. CPAP/AWPs format to be further harmonised to show clear linkages with UNPAF results matrix, in addition to individual agencies’ corporate programme components; and better incentives offered to develop common services and improve joint operations).




   2008 Results and Use of Funds

2008 Results and Use of Funds
Part One: Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (Results 2008)
Key Result Area Outcome Name Indicate Total Budget Per Outcome Provide an indicative budget delivery amount per outcome in 2008.    Comments
UNDAFOutcome 1By 2011, to have increased access to and utilisation of quality social services and protection, especially of vulnerable groups and in underserved areas, resulting in reduced disparities$53,815,000.00$6,520,314.00 
UNDAFOutcome 2By 2011, subnational administrations effectively respond to people's rights in a participatory and transparent manner, based on quality data and evidence-based planning$11,640,000.00$780,735.00 
UNDAFOutcome 3By 2011, Thailand ensures increased access to and utilization of comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services$18,280,000.00$2,325,800.00 
UNDAFOutcome 4Improved sustainable utilization and management of natural resources and the environment at national and community levels$21,290,000.00$3,136,400.00 
UNDAFOutcome 5By 2011, Thailand has increased its South-South cooperation engagements and effectively delivers technical and financial support to other countries in Asia and beyond$4,485,000.00$294,500.00 
PART 1 TOTAL $109,510,000.00 $13,057,749.00
Part Two: Coordination Results
Key Results Area Expected Outputs1 Performance Indicators2 Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional Support Needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF Transition Un Agencies3 Other
Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Required Spent Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Result Area 1: Coordination for Results
UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy
UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP

       
UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and/or the UNDG Action Plan on the Development Outcome of the World Summit (MDG Action Plan) * * Concerted support to the production of a new Thailand MDG report looking at reality beyond averages

* Statistical capacity strengthened to monitor national MDGs with proper geographical, gender and vulnerable groups disaggregation

* Stand Up/Speak Up campaign supported to reach out to policy-makers as well as wider public

* UN role in MICs analysed and strategic paper published together with RTG

* Provincial MDG Report for the South launched

- MDG reporting process finalised

- Survey methodologies in place to capture migrant issues

- Break the record of Stand Up/Speak Up campaign reached in 2007 in Thailand

- Strategic paper on the role of the UN in Thailand/MICs published

- Publication of MDG report of Trang province

*MDG Report postponed to 2009 by the National Economic and Social Development Board;

*Strengthened capacity of the National Statistical Office and Provincial Statistical Offices to collect accurate, quality and up-to-date data to support the monitoring of MDGs indicators, with geographical, gender and vulnerable groups disaggregation;

*The Royal Thai Government and the UN Country Team jointly pledged their commitment to stamping out poverty and inequality in Thailand (Stand Up Against Poverty campaign and MoI-led '180 Day Roadmap for Poverty Reduction'); 9 events organised in Thailand; overwhelmingly broke the 2007 record (15,172 persons participated in Stand Up Campaign in Thailand in 2007, and 287,937 people participated in the Stand Up Campaign in 2008);

*MICS Study (Phase 1) finalised and published; internal UNCT meeting convened and government workshop held to discuss findings.

*Trang Provincial MDGs Report launched in March 2008. The Report also provides a comprehensive view of the state of human development in Trang.

$30,000.00 $50,309.00 $20,000.00 $290,798.00

       
UN support to capacity development strategies

       
UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 *

n/a

       
Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

       
Other

       
Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration
Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc

       
UN support to aid coordination/management * Increased skills of Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) on management of ODA database

* Skills of Thai officials involved in ODA planning and delivery on programme-based approach and procedures strengthened

* Technical Review and detailed capacity assessment on ODA management carried out by TICA, based on recommendations from initial ODA assessment

* Thailand's first ODA report initiated by TICA

* Completion of the Monitoring Survey 2007 by Thailand and effective participation in regional/ technical review of the Paris Declaration

- # of trainings attended by TICA

- ODA database includes all Thai official assistance

- Thailand's first ODA report developed

*Thailand ODA data processing, reporting and tracking system strengthened;

*The ODA database system developed and will be functional in early 2009;

*Lessons learned on South-South Cooperation (SSC) activities of Thailand were reviewed by TICA together with line ministries, national institutions and academic institutions. This review was a key step for TICA and national partners to jointly explore new modalities and to harmonize their efforts to effectively and efficiently support future SSC activities;

*First Thailand ODA Report 2007 finalised, in both English and Thai languages. The report provides the most up-to-date figures of Thailand ODA in 2007, in line with the OECD/DAC definition of ODA, with an analysis of Thailand's development cooperation policies and trends. The Report will be distributed to the Cabinet, Government partners, the Parliament, other development agencies and general public in 2009;

*Monitoring Survey 2007 completed;

*Thailand participated actively in the preparatory meetings and in the Accra High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Ghana, September 2008.

$293,348.00 $294,500.00

       
Other

       
UNDAF/Common Programming
Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle *

       
Preparation of CCA/UNDAF

       
Implementation of UNDAF M&E Framework * * UNPAF M&E framework enhanced

* Human rights and gender issues mainstreamed in the results matrix & M&E framework

* Increased sense of UNDAF/UNPAF ownership among counterparts

* Increased accountability of UNPAF results matrix further

* Prioritised and UN agencies' engagement strategised

* Increased counterparts (government and CSOs) involvement in UNPAF implementation and M&E process

- M&E framework with SMART indicators and baseline data identified

- TWGs with co-chair/active participation of government counterparts

- Reduced number of CP outcomes/outputs

- Less agencies committed to each CP output

*TWGs' TOR revised, in cooperation with TICA, to foster government ownership in UNPAF's implementation and monitoring;

*3 TWGs formally co-chaired by the Government and almost all other TWGs have active government counterparts participation;

*TWG on Health reviewed and revised its UNPAF M&E Framework;

*OHCHR revised its committment to each CP output, narrowing down the number of outputs covered compared to initial plan;

*Human rights mainstreamed in UNPAF Results Matrix and M&E Framework; *Gender monitoring indicators for HIV/AIDS jointly developed.

       
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation * First UNPAF Annual Review finalised

* Second UNPAF Annual Review initiated

- Review meeting conducted with key stakeholders for 2007 review

- Annual Review Report 2007 released

- Tools for second year reporting finalised by beginning 4th quarter

*First UNPAF Annual Review conducted by TICA and Office of the UN Resident Coordinator to assess progress towards achieving UNPAF expected results and draw conclusions to define 2008 work plan and adjust M&E framework. More than 100 partners took part in this meeting;

*UNPAF Annual Review Report finalised, including a set of recommendations, and was distributed to all participants and counterparts;

*Streamlined the process for the second annual review, reducing transaction costs for individual UN agencies and TWGs members;

*Inputs on results by agency collected, as well as reports on joint results by TWG;

*Study on UN operations in MIC finalised, indicating how to improve UN coherence and effectiveness in delivering in Thailand.

$5,000.00 $4,614.00 $1,000.00

       
Other

       
Joint Programmes6
Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * * Joint programme on integrated highland livelihood development in Mae Hong Son formulated and resources mobilised

* Upscale of pilot Solution Exchange on HIV/AIDS

* Three joint programmes initiated under Joint HIV Programme initiatives

* Joint policy/advocacy initiatives

- Mae Hong Son Joint Programme document submitted to UNTFHS

- Number of joint policy/advocacy initiatives by TWGs

- Solution Exchange on HIV/AIDS expanded

*Concept note for a joint programming 'Integrated Livelihoods Project for Mae Hong Son province' formulated and finalised in collaboration with the Mae Hong Son provincial government;

*Joint programme 'Enhanced GFATM Grant implementation in Thailand through local partner capacity building and improved multisectoral local response programming for AIDS' initiated in 2008 and extended to the end of 2009. Two successful GFATM Grant Applications submitted for funding; *Joint desk review on the impact of rising food prices on vulnerable groups. Building on this and in partnership with the government, a policy options paper was commissioned to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) to be discussed in a national seminar in 2009. The paper was finalised and provides policy options analysis;

* Joint project visits conducted both in Mae Hong Son, Lampang and Nakorn Phanom leading to reduced transaction cost for local government and enhanced coherence of UN response;

*A three-tier mission of international consultants and UNDP/BCPR colleagues organised to support the UNCT in formulating an internal coherent planning framework for its contributions to ease the situation in southern Thailand. As a result, an internal UN strategic planning framework for southern Thailand developed - based on which agencies aligned their programmes and further contributions were designed; *Solution Exchange for the Community of AIDS Professionals in Thailand continued and expanded with growing membership and subscribers (from 315 members in March 2008 to 569 members in December 2008);

*New joint programme initiatives on HIV/AIDS developed and in the process of finalisation for funding by agencies and UNAIDS Programme Acceleration Fund Resources;

*Two development cooperation lunches organised with the development community on human trafficking and human rights to advocate issues of concern to the UNCT;

*Commemorative events for the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) organised to increase advocacy and awareness of human rights in Thailand. Resources were jointly mobilised from several bilateral partners as well as participating UN agencies;

*Agency-specific activities on climate change mapped out and will gradually be handed over to the Thai counterparts;

*Joint initiatives for advocacy activities, e.g. public showing of ‘green films’, discussed at the TWG on Environment and Natural Resources Management;

*Coordination undertaken with Myanmar and Lao PDR UNCTs on issues of common concern: supporting Myanmar colleagues in implementing Security Council Resolution 1612 on Children and Armed Conflict, coordinated with Lao PDR colleagues on issue of Lao Hmong displaced people.

$20,000.00 $16,260.00 $24,000.00 $33,660.00

       
M&E of Joint Programmes * Coordinated monitoring mechanisms of joint programmes in place

- Counterparts involved in M&E process

$2,000.00

       
Other

       
HACT
Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country *

       
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT * Assurance plan developed, based on micro assessment undertaken in 2007

* Continued micro assessment with new implementing partners

- # of micro assessment conducted

- Assurance plan available

* Assurance plan has been developed. Project assurance activities were implemented according to the plan;

* Micro assessment was successfully conducted with 17 government and 4 NGOs implementing partners.

$46,272.00

       
Other

       
Gender Equality
UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) * Gender Responsiveness Budgeting and governance developed at the local level

* Capacity developed for implementation of the Domestic Violence Law in the context of CEDAW

* Draft Gender Equality Law improved to comply with CEDAW provisions

* Workplans of the OWAFD and line ministries on the implementation of the NDPW address Concluding Comments

* The National Plan for the Advancement of Women address CEDAW Concluding Comments as a priority

* Support gained for the amendment of the law on TAO to enable greater women's participation in local governance.

- Report (in Thai and English) on Thailand Gender related Development Index-Plus (GDI+).

- # of TAOs received TA on gender responsive policies, programmes and budgets Draft Gender equality law compliant with CEDAW norms and standards

- # of MPs, CSOs and CBOs supporting the amendment of the TAO law

*Gender-disaggregated database established, enbaling easy access to data disaggregated by gender for policy planning and implementation that promote the equality and advancement of women; *273 newly elected women members of TAO fully perform their tasks wih gender sensitivity and become key members of the Women's Network for Gender Responsive Governance (WNGRG);

*289 WNGRG members met in 4 regions to share their progress and 55 of them represented the WNGRG members at the national forum assuring commitment to work towards gender responsive governance;

*Core members of WNGRG from different regions were able to raise their voices in national seminars and NGO advocacy to promote women's meaningful participation in local politics;

*One third of WNGRG gained deeper knowledge on TAO Act and gender responsive governance through on-call technical support;

*Recommendations made by WNGRG to Local Adminstration Department to help strengthen the capacity of WNGRG and promote women's participation in local politics;

*Draft Gender Equality Law developed;

*Key line ministries/department integrated Concluding Comment of CEDAW Committee in their workplan; *200 Women leaders and WNGRG member submitted about 43,000 letters of support for TAO Law amendment to the President of the Parliament.

$20,000.00 $20,000.00

       
Capacity development for gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality

       
Other

       
HIV/AIDS
Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * * Joint UN Team spearheading harmonized UN System Support to National Response to AIDS

* Joint HIV Programme initiatives developed and implemented by JTA and UNCT members.

- UNPAF and Joint Plan updated and adjusted for 2008 developed and implemented by all UN System Agencies as framework for UN System HIV interventions

- JTA team member annual performance collaboratively assessed and evaluated by UNAIDS Country Coordinator and respective Agency Heads as per JTA guidance

- Joint Programme Activity focused on Children, Youth and Adolescents finalized and implemented by UNCT/JTA

- Joint UNCT initiative on HIV Advocacy developed and implemented by UNCT HoA partners and UNAIDS.

- Joint Programme Activity focused on Decentralized Local Response and Capacity building for HIV implemented by UNCT/JTA

- Joint Programme Activity focused on the Workplace and Migrant Labour developed and implemented by UNCT/JTA

*UNPAF Strategic Framework already serving as implementation and programming guide for UNCT work in Thailand on HIV/AIDS, and Joint UN Team on AIDS in place and operational since January 2006;

*UCC provides informal inputs to Agency Head on performance of JTA members from respective agencies;

*Working group of concerned agencies in place and consultative process for development of joint programme initiative underway but not yet completed; *Joint programme managed through Ministry of Public Health with additional support and contributions from UNDP, UNICEF and UNAIDS developed, approved, and under implementation;

During UN Theme Group Retreat focus for joint programme initiative was reiterated and discussions are on-going for finalization of joint programme initiative. Initial guidelines of the Migration Master Plan developed and discussed, and Migrant Risk and Vulnerability Assessment completed by IOM. On-going local political uncertainty has slowed further progress and action on this particular matter, and will be further undertaken in 2009.

$855,000.00 $40,000.00

       
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * * Joint Team supports development of a National Monitoring & Evaluation Plan and implementation strategy by RTG partners

* Review and assessment of national response and HIV epidemic dynamics conducted and integrated into Universal Access Roadmap for Thailand

- Coordinated plan for implementation of unified HIV M&E system adopted and being implemented

- HIV projections and strategic information collection system reviewed and adjusted to enhance epidemic forecasting in Thailand

- Assessment Report on implementation status of National Response to AIDS in Thailand produced and disseminated to all partners

*National M&E system reviewed and recommendations for the consolidation and rationalization of national M&E efforts on AIDS completed and discussed with national partners. On-going local political and institutional uncertainty has slowed further progress and action on this particular matter, and will be further undertaken in 2009 with the assignment of a new UNAIDS Thailand team member focusing uniquely on Strategic Information and M&E systems;

*UNGASS reporting completed and HIV projections included in successful GFATM HIV Grant proposals;

*Two GFATM Grant proposals (RCC-Wave 2 and Round 8) HIV grant proposals successfully developed with Joint Team support and accepted by GFATM for funding; approximately additional US $ 180 million mobilized in support of Universal Access for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programming in Thailand.

$120,000.00 $70,000.00

       
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * UN Cares and UN Learning Strategy on HIV implemented for majority of P and GS Staff in Thailand

- At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff in Bangkok have completed modules 1 and 2 of UN Learning Strategy

- At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff outside of Bangkok have completed modules 1 and 2 of UN Learning Strategy

- 100% of all UN P and GS staff in and outside of Bangkok have access to condom promotion information and free condoms through the UN Workplace

*UN P and GS staff in Mae Sot region have completed initial UN Cares Training; *85% of UN P and GS staff in Thailand (primarily those based in Bangkok) have access to male condoms through the UN Cares condom promotion initiative financed through UNFPA/New York. Female condoms have been delivered and will be distributed in Q1/2009.

$180,000.00 $35,000.00

       
Other

       
Human Rights
Application of Human Right Based Approach * Human Rights mainstreamed in UNPAF Results Matrix

- Review of UNPAF results matrix conducted

*Document outlining the UN Treaty Body Recommendations organised by selected UNPAF outcomes prepared, reviewed by the UNCT and disseminated to relevant TWGs to facilitate the integration of HRBA in UNPAF implementation.

       
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems * Human Rights instruments obligations monitored and implementation supported

* UN\Government Partnership for Human Right advocacy as part of Celebration the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in Thailand

* UNCT capacity developed on HRBAP with particular attention to the implementation of international human rights mechanisms' recommendations

* OWAFD adopted and rolled out CEDAW and Women's Human Rights training module for line ministries

* Resource materials and training module for judges on gender equality/ CEDAW developed through judiciary - NGO partnership

* Ministry of Labour endorsed contract on migrant domestic workers

- Plan for Declaration's celebration delivered with counterparts

- Celebration events jointly implemented

- # of stakeholders trained on CAT

- # of UNCT programme officers trained on HRBAP

- # of CEDAW and WHR trainings conducted by the OWAFD in line ministries

- # of materials on the application of CEDAW in courts made available for use by judiciary

*Increased awareness and legal knowledge of civil society actors including vulnerable groups on their rights through the publication 'dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand' and capacity building activities which are parts of the UN-Royal Thai Government commemoration on 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Thailand;

*Committment by key line ministries to follow up on the recommendations outlined in the publication;

*UNCT capacity developed/strengthened on HRBA, UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and the relevance of their recommendations in programming processes;

*Increased understanding on CEDAW implementation and reporting process among working group for CEDAW Reporting from 13 key line ministries (26 government officials);

*Capacity of 100 Judges, mediators, justice personnel and other supporting staff of Thonburi Criminal Court on judicial procedure related to domestic and sexual violence cases strengthened (2 workshkops organised);

*Capacity of 60 Judges, attorneys, medical doctors, social workers from Bankok and selected provinces in northeastern region to implement DV Law strengthened. (2 judicial colloquiums);

*2 core materials and training module were developed for [1) Specific Court with all kinds of its personnel and 2) Judge, attorneys and other multi-disciplinary team in specific region).

       
Other

*The Foreign Domestic Work Standard Contract was drafted and has been reviewing by Ministry of Labour.

*During May-Dec 2008, Weekly radio programme in Shan, Karen, Akka and Thai were broadcasted through FM99 in Chiang Mai. The programme contents included Stop Abuse against Women, Occupational Health and Workplace Safety, General Health, Thai Culture, Shan Culture, Youth Issues, Family Planning and Prevention of HIV/AIDS. Advocacy meterials to promote decent work were produced and distributed.

       
Coordination of Humanitarian/Natural Disaster Operations
Coordination of humanitarian operations * Coordinated humanitarian response in case of disasters

$2,000.00

       
Preparation of crisis prevention/natural disaster operations/plans

       
Contingency Plan initiatives * Pandemic Influenza Contingency and Preparedness Plan revised

* Contingency plan for humanitarian assistance initiated

* Pandemic Influenza Contingency and Preparedness Plan updated

*Pandemic Influenza Contingency and Preparedness Plan significantly revised based on recommendations from the functional simulation exercise; *Management structure of the pandemic influenza preparedness and response stremlined and agreed by the UN system in Thailand;

*Contingency planning process and establishment of cluster approach initiated, with next steps identified and agreed by government counterparts, IFRC, relevant NGOs and the UNCT.

$1,963.00 $3,000.00

       
Other

       
Security
Security Management Team * MOSS Compliance survey (Agencies Self Assessment) conducted

* Efficiency of the Wardens' system improved

* Enhanced support to UN organization with field presence

- Follow-up UN organizations agencies' action plans for corrections

- # of wardens trained

- # of new volunteer new wardens

- # of calling exercises, use of ECS-SMS system

- Country and area-specific MOSS reviewed

*Improved wardens' system: 14 new volunteer joined the wardens system;

*MOSS reviewed upon the upgrade of the security phase in Bangkok to Phase I;

*Due to political unrest in Thailand during 2008 and a need to respond to real security threats and events, trainings and exercises were not completed as planned . UN Security Management actors were engaged with the following actions: - 350 staff stranded during the airport crisis reached by Security Management Team actions; -42 security related messages reached staff through the Emergency Communications System (SMS and email); -4 SMT meetings convened to deal with the crises; -Around 400 staff received security briefings (induction)/agency dedicated security briefings.

       
UNCT Security Plan

       
Other

       
Common Services and Premises
Planned initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness of UN operations, incl. common administrative services and common arrangements in support of programme delivery (including Joint Office initiative) * Further integrated & simplified pre-contract process for national staff

* Common induction programme in place

* Most efficient procurement and contracting service

* Integration of administrative services

* Access to most efficient IT services and infrastructure

- Standard recruitment in place

- Common IT platform for procurement

- Web-based e-protocol

- Pilot joint protocol unit

- Common intranet

- Common network and maintenance

- One UN library

*Further integrated & simplified pre-contract process for national staff, reducing recruitment lead time, through joint vacancy announcements, common roster up to GS-5 level and common testing;

*e-protocol system leading to joint service center (65% completed);

*Common induction programme in place, with two sessions conducted in 2008;

*Long-term agreements made: mail services, cartridges and toners, printing facility and graphic, hotels and travel agents;

*Common learning programmes and knowledge sharing sessions continued, with saving of USD65,740 and an increment of 66% of participants (from 1651 participants in 2007 to 2,734 in 2008);

*Nursery room in place.

$10,000.00 $8,832.00 $25,000.00 $15,488.00

       
Planned initiatives on common premises

       
Other

       
Other (specify)
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 2: UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications
Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan * Advocacy tool in place to inform counterparts and general public about UN activities/results

* Effective internal communication

- Brochure on UNPAF 2007 results published and disseminated

- UNCT website updated and Thai website launched

- UNCT monthly newsletter continued to published and distributed

*Publication of a specific brochure on UNPAF results was postponed and its format is being re-considered;

*UN Country Team Thai-language Website launched in 2008, it has been viewed more than 200,000 times, with an average of 819 visits per day, and an average visit length of 9.43 minutes per visit;

*UNCT monthly newsletter publication continued and distributed in a timely manner;

*Joint visits of the RC with relevant agencies' heads were made to new Ministers (Education, Information and Communication Technology, Finance, Industry, Labour, and Science and Technology) to advocate on issues of common concern; these led also to a new round of migrant workers registration and the conceptualisation of a policy paper on the impact of the rising of food prices on vulnerable populations;

*Awareness raised on development issues regarding Thailand (i.e. human trafficking, commemoration of 60th anniversary of UDHR) through the organization of "development cooperation lunches".

$3,500.00 $1,227.00 $5,000.00

       
Other

       
Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy
Development/implementation of RM strategy

       
Other

       
Result Area 3: Non-Resident UN Agencies
Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes
Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming

       
Other

       
Result Area 4: Coordination Capacity of the UNCT
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity
RCO Staffing Continued professional support provided to RC and UNCT:

- Facilitated networking and coordination among UN agencies in Thailand by acting as a ‘one stop window’ for information related to the UN agencies in Thailand

- Secretarial support for the UNCT and Heads of Agency meetings initiating agendas and drafting minutes for an effective programmatic coordination of the UN agencies in Thailand

- Ad hoc UNCT events, such as retreat, meetings with high level officials from HQs, and inter-country team meetings with neighbouring UNCTs successfully organized

- Timely dissemination of information from relevant HQ sources, including UNDG, to all UN agencies in Thailand

- Analytical and substantive support to joint programming initiatives

- Meeting effectively prepared and serviced

- Advisory/technical support provided for joint programme initiatives

- Minutes of meeting timely distributed

*Continued professional support provided to RC and UNCT: - Facilitated networking and coordination among UN agencies in Thailand by acting as a ‘one stop window’ for information related to the UN agencies in Thailand; - Secretarial support for the UNCT and Heads of Agency meetings initiating agendas and drafting minutes for an effective programmatic coordination of the UN agencies in Thailand; - Ad hoc UNCT events, such as retreat, meetings with high level officials from HQs, and inter-country team meetings with neighbouring UNCTs successfully organized; - Timely dissemination of information from relevant HQ sources, including UNDG, to all UN agencies in Thailand; - Analytical and substantive support to joint programming initiatives including: MIC study, research on the impact of rising food prices, formulation of joint programme on the situation along the Thai/Mynamar border, commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, formulation of a strtegic planning framework on southern Thailand.

$80,000.00 $98,524.00 $77,149.00 $143,000.00 $51,455.00

       
Materials/Equipment * Office automation to enable smooth operation of RCO

*RCO operated smoothly and efficiently.

$6,000.00 $1,802.00 $2,996.00

       
Training of UN staff * RCO and UNCT capacity enhanced on emerging coordination issues

*Training of Trainer Course on 'To Serve with Pride: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse' conducted for UN staff.

$4,000.00 $380.00 $2,000.00

       
Other

       

TOTAL $162,500.00 $107,283.00 $0.00 $156,773.00 $1,691,348.00 $897,173.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00



   Joint Programmes

Joint Programmes
Title Theme Linkages to MDGs and UNDAF outcomes Duration (from/to) Fund management Modality Manag. agent Admin. agent National or local partners and donors Total budget Financial contribution
MDG Monitoring and Strengthen Statistics Capacity MDGs By 2011, sub-national administrations effectively respond to people's rights in a participatory and transparent manner, based on quality data and evidence-based planning.

2008 - 2008 Parallel
National Statistical Office of Thailand, and IOM - International Organisation for Migration

$234,850.00
IOM$31,850.00
UNDP$25,000.00
UNFPA$76,000.00
UNICEF$102,000.00
Enhanced GFATM Grant Implementation in Thailand through local partner capacity building and improved multi-sectoral local response programming for AIDS HIV/AIDS MDG 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other disease; By 2011, Thailand ensures increased access to and utilization of comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.

2007 - 2009 Parallel
Pooled
UNDP Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health

$335,771.76
UNAIDS$10,000.00
UNDPcore$10,000.00
UNICEF$10,000.00
US CDC/UNAIDS$305,771.76
UN Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son Poverty reduction MDG 1, MDG2, MDG3, MDG5, and MDG7 By 2011, to have increased access to and utilisation of quality social services and protection, especially for vulnerable groups and in underserved areas, resulting in reduced disparities Improved sustainable utilisation and management of natural resources and the environment at national and community levels

2009 - 2012 Parallel
Pass-through
FAO IOM - International Organisation for Migration; Provincial Government of Mae Hong Son, NGOs, CBOs, and Higher Educational Institutes

$4,615,070.00
UNTFHS$4,615,070.00
Durable Solutions to the Protracted Refugees Situation along Thai-Myanmar Border Human Rights By 2011, to have increased access to and utilisation of quality social services and protection, especially for vulnerable groups and in underserved areas, resulting in reduced disparities

2009 - 2012 Pooled
UNDP Both national and local government bodies (in particular Ministry of Interior, National Security Council, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health)

$1,488,301.00
EC$1,190,641.00
FAO and UNDP$297,660.00



   Coordination Procedures and Practices

Coordination practices and procedures
CP Results Recommendations to DGO
Thematic Working Groups

The UN in Thailand is operating 10 TWGs and sub-TWGs across its five Thematic Working areas in order to support the implementation of the UNPAF 2007-11:

• Social Services & Protection; • Decentralisation and Provincial Local Governance; • HIV-AIDS; • Environment & Natural Resources Management; • Global Partnership for Development.

It was agreed during the year that the relevant line ministries would co-chair the TWGs.

Transaction costs:• Costs are considerable in terms of resources (staff and time) required to attend multiple meetings across the range of TWGs and sub-TWGs. • The participation of some agencies in many or all of these TWGs, particularly in view of the RCM TWGs which have similar themes, has exacerbated inefficiencies in the operationalisation of the TWGs. Participation of DOCO in MIC Phase II study which may be combined with a light assessment of the UNPAF mid-term review so as to improve the operational effectiveness of the UNCT.
Achievements:• Increased constructive dialogue and engagement with government. • Increased government ownership of UNPAF implementation and review process through Line Ministries role in co-chairing TWGs.
Lessons learned:• Too many TWGs are operational. • Need to consolidate/rationalise the TWG structure. • Need to take into account RCM TWGs covering similar themes.
Commissioning of Joint studies

Three key strategic studies were commissioned by the UNCT in conjunction with the government during the course of the year:

1. To consider the strategic positioning of the UN in Thailand: “UN Operations in a Middle-Income Country: Formulation of a strategy for enhanced UN coherence and effectiveness in Thailand”;

2. To consider the impact of Rising Food and Fuel Prices on vulnerable populations: “Economic Shocks and the Vulnerable in Thailand: A Case Study of Rising Food and Fuel Prices“; and

3. To increase advocacy and awareness of human rights in Thailand: publication to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ‘Dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand’.

Transaction costs:• Cost savings were enjoyed from collectively working on these two papers, including in terms of UN staff and government staff time. Formulate broad and flexible guidance for coherent implementation of UN operations in Middle Income Countries. Participation in the second phase of MIC Study.
Achievements:• Increased team building • Cohesive policy influence and policy advocacy on key issues • Effective government participation in the formulation of the papers and ownership of the results.
Lessons learned:• The joint studies created a sense of shared ownership: 1. Clarifying the strategic focus of the UNCT. Phase 2 of the MIC Study will be launched in 2009 to evaluate “what” work the UN will undertake in the future. 2. A follow-up Development Cooperation Seminar will be organised in Q1 2009 to magnify the effectiveness of the joint advocacy and to provide enhanced measures for the protection of the vulnerable.
Common Services

Common Service initiatives have been launched to to increase cost-effectiveness of UN operations, including common administrative services and common arrangements in support of programme delivery.

Transaction costs:• Significant common services savings were gained as a result of increased collaboration during the course of the year. It is estimated that the establishment of common services in the last two years have resulted in a total saving of over $700,000 for all UN agencies based in Bangkok and invaluable staff time. • The agreement to recruit a Common Learning Manager on a cost-sharing basis led to savings and common ownership. Establish coherent and harmonized budget and financial system among key country level agencies and at HQ level.
Achievements:• Further integrated & simplified pre-contract process for national staff; • Common induction programme in place, with two sessions conducted in 2008; • Long-term agreements (LTAs) were made on: mail services, cartridges and toners, printing facility and graphic, hotels and travel agents; • Joint vacancy announcements issued; • Common GS-4 roster and common testing in place; • Common learning programmes and knowledge sharing sessions were continued.
Lessons learned:• Further enhancement of efficiency and savings on administrative procedures is possible. • Efforts will be focused on common human resources and procurement activities. A common IT platform and e-protocol will be continued.
Joint visits to Ministers

Joint UNCT visits were collectively organised with new Ministers to ensure focused and coherent advocacy targeted at key decision makers.

Transaction costs:• Joint visits led to a reduction in transaction costs in terms of time and resources expended on meeting management for both the government and the UNCT.
Achievements:• Seven joint meetings were convened with new ministers in 2008 leading to more powerful and coherent advocacy and an opportunity to offer direct support on specific initiatives. • Meetings led to direct follow-up actions for the UNCT including the commissioning of a key new paper on rising food and oil prices. • A direct result of meeting held with the Minister of Labour led to the opening of second round of registration for migrants.
Lessons learned:• The rapid change in administrations in Thailand in 2008 (with four new governments and three PMs during the year) complicated the UNCT’s engagement with the government. • Joint meetings are a powerful tool for reinforcing UN advocacy and reducing transaction costs for the government.



   2009 Workplan

2009 Workplan
KEY RESULTS AREA Expected Outputs Perf. Indicators Actual Outputs at Year End Funds required/spent at Year End Additional support needed from HQ or Regional Director's Team Target Date
SRC UNCCF UN Agencies Other
Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Req Spt Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Coordination for Results (WORKPLAN09)
UNCT Contribution to the National Development Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy/MD and MDGs plan UN support to formulation/implementation of relevant national strategies or plans e.g. JAS/NDP/PRSP

UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives * *Concerted support to the production of Thailand's second national MDG report;

*Government's statistical capacity further strengthened to monitor national MDGs with proper geographical, gender and vulnerable groups disaggregation;

*Support to Stand Up/Speak Up campaign continued to reach out to policy-makers as well as wider public;

*Second Phase of the UN/RTG study on the role of the UN in Thailand as a MIC initiated with a focus on identifying areas for stratigic cooperation.

*Second MDG report finalised and disseminated;

*Accurate and quality disaggregated data available;

*survey methodologies in place to capture migrant issues;

*Number of people participating in the Stand Up/Speak Up campaign 2009 in Thailand;

*TOR developed and consultants hired for Phase 2 of "UN role in Thailand as MIC";

*Workshop held, jointly with TICA, to review potential focused areas of strategic cooperation.

$41,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
UN support to capacity development strategies

UN assistance to national authorities for the preparation of the national report on the implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action of LDCs 4 * n/a

n/a

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

Other

Aid Coordination / Management / Paris Declaration Planned efforts to making use of national systems in the areas such as programme/project reporting, PRS/sectoral monitoring and evaluation systems, annual PRS/sectoral performance reviews, national procurement systems, etc *ODA Database operationalised;

*ODA database management skills of Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) further enhanced;

*Skills of Thai officials involved in ODA planning and delivery on programme-based approach and procedures strengthened;

*Technical Review and detailed capacity assessment on ODA management carried out by TICA, based on recommendations from initial ODA assessment;

*Thailand's second ODA report initiated by TICA;

*Completion of the Monitoring Survey 2008 by Thailand and effective ongoing participation in regional/ technical review of the Paris Declaration.

*ODA database system fully functional by Q1 2009;

*Number of trainings attended by TICA; # of TICA staff trained;

*ODA database includes all Thai official assistance in 2008-9;

*Thailand's second ODA report developed;

*Monitoring survey completed.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
UN support to aid coordination/management

Other

UNDAF/Common Programming Efforts to align UN programme cycle with national development cycle *

Preparation of CCA/UNDAF

Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * *UNPAF M&E framework further enhanced;

*Human rights and gender issues further mainstreamed in the results matrix & M&E framework;

*TWGs to select key strategic joint outputs to be jointly delivered;

*Fostered sense of UNPAF ownership and understanding among counterparts;

*Number of TWGs that review their respective M&E framework, defining SMART indicators and setting clear baselines;

*List of agreed outputs delivered by TWGs in 2009;

*Human rights and gender issues further mainstreamed in UNPAF implementation;

*Regularity of participation and engagement of government counterparts in TWGs and M&E process, including UNPAF Annual/Mid-Term Review.

$2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation *Second UNPAF Annual Review finalised.

*UNPAF Annual Report 2008 distributed;

*Consultations with government counterparts organised by TWGs.

$5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009
Other *UNPAF results more focused and strategised, based on the initial review of the second phase of the MIC study

*A workshop conducted jointly with TICA to review UNPAF results and identify potential focused area of strategic cooperation

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (drawing from your UNDAF Annual Review)

Joint Programmes6 Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * *Implementation of UN Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son initiated;

*Joint HIV Programme initiatives continued;

*Expansion of Solution Exchange on HIV/AIDS;

*Contributed to policies protecting vulnerable groups from economic shocks;

*Programmes developed/implemented in line with the internal UN planning framework for southern Thailand;

*Joint initiatives/advocacy initiated.

*UN Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son funded and implementation initiated;

*Implementation of ongoing joint programmes;

*Number of new joint programmes initiated; *No of Solution Exchange on HIV/AIDS community members expanded;

*No of coordinated programmes on southern Thailand formulated and funded;

*No of joint initiative/advocacy initiated.

$13,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
M&E of Joint Programmes * Relevant TWGs effectively monitor implementation of JPs

$2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other

HACT Plan for the roll-out/implementation 7 of HACT in the country * Completed since 2007

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT *Assurance plan developed, based on micro assessment;

*Micro assessments carried out for new implementing partners.

*Number of assurance activities implemented in accordance with the Assurance plan;

*Number of additional micro-assessments conducted.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT *Assurance plan developed, based on micro assessment;

*Micro assessments carried out for new implementing partners.

*Number of assurance activities implemented in accordance with the Assurance plan;

*Number of additional micro-assessments conducted.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other

Gender Equality UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) *Contiued support to Gender-disaggregated database;

*Gender Responsiveness Budgeting and governance further developed at the local level;

*Support gained for the amendment of the law on TAO to enable greater women's participation in local governance;

*Capacity further developed for implementation of the Domestic Violence Law in the context of CEDAW;

*Draft Gender Equality Law improved to comply with CEDAW provisions;

*CEDAW Concluding Comments incorporated in the workplans of the OWAFD and line ministries under the implementation of the NDPW.

*Gender-disaggregated database fully operational;

*Report on Thailand Gender related Development Index-Plus (GDI+) available in both Thai and English;

*Number of TAOs adopted gender responsive budgeting;

*Number of TAOs received TA on gender responsive policies, programmes and budgets;

*Number of MPs, CSOs and CBOs supporting the amendment of the TAO law in 2009; *Draft Gender equality law compliant with CEDAW norms and standards;

*The National Plan for the Advancement of Women address CEDAW Concluding Comments as a priority;

*CEDAW Concluding Comments effectively addressed by RTG.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Capacity development for Gender theme groups to support UNCT to respond to national priorities for gender equality.

Other

HIV/AIDS Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * *Joint UN Team spearheading harmonized UN System Support to National Response to AIDS;

*Joint HIV Programme initiatives developed and implemented by JTA and UNCT members.

*UNPAF and Joint Plan updated and adjusted for 2009, developed and implemented by all UN System Agencies as framework for UN HIV interventions;

*JTA team member annual performance collaboratively assessed and evaluated by UCC and respective Agency Heads as per JTA guidance;

*Joint Programme Activity focused on Children, Youth and Adolescents finalized and implemented by UNCT/JTA – lead partners UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA & UNAIDS;

*Joint UNCT initiative on HIV Rights Advocacy and Stigma/Discrimination Index developed and implemented by UNCT HoA partners and UNAIDS;

*Joint Programme Activity focused on Decentralized Local Response and Capacity building for HIV implemented by UNCT/JTA – lead partners UNICEF, UNDP and UNAIDS – completed and Phase-2 developed;

*Joint Programme Activity focused on the Workplace and Migrant Labor developed and implemented by UNCT/JTA – lead partners ILO, IOM, UNFPA, WHO and UNAIDS.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * *Joint Team supports development of a National Monitoring & Evaluation Plan and implementation strategy by RTG partners;

*Review and assessment of national response and HIV epidemic dynamics conducted and integrated into Universal Access Roadmap for Thailand.

*M&E Advisor recruited and placed in UNAIDS Country Office for Thailand as Technical Assistance to national M&E programme;

*HIV projections and strategic information collection system reviewed and adjusted to enhance epidemic forecasting in Thailand;

*Assessment Report on implementation status of National Response to AIDS in Thailand/National Strategic Plan produced and disseminated to all partners.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * *UN Cares and UN Learning Strategy on HIV implemented for majority of P and GS Staff in Thailand.

*At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff in Bangkok have completed UN Cares Programme;

*At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff outside of Bangkok have completed modules 1 and 2 of UN Learning Strategy;

*100% of all UN P and GS staff in and outside of Bangkok continue have access to male and female condom promotion information and free condoms through the UN Workplace.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace * *UN Cares and UN Learning Strategy on HIV implemented for majority of P and GS Staff in Thailand.

*At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff in Bangkok have completed UN Cares Programme;

*At least 85% of all UN P and GS staff outside of Bangkok have completed modules 1 and 2 of UN Learning Strategy;

*100% of all UN P and GS staff in and outside of Bangkok continue have access to male and female condom promotion information and free condoms through the UN Workplace.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other

Human Rights Application of Human Right Based Approach *HRBA effectively applied in UNPAF implementation;

*Supported the Royal Thai Government in preparation for the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process and report.

*No of TWGs considering HR Treaty Bodies recommendations in their planning and monitoring processes.

$5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems *Human Rights instruments obligations monitored and implementation supported;

*Awareness raised on HR situation in the country and advocate for action at the national as well as sub-national level using the publication 'Dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand";

*Strengthened capacity of Thailand National Human Rights Commission and relevant governmental agencies on human rights protection systems;

*Office of Women's Affairs and Family Development (OWAFD) in Thailand adopted and rolled out CEDAW and Women's Human Rights (WHR) training module for line ministries;

*Resource materials and training module for judges on gender equality/CEDAW developed through judiciary - NGO partnership;

*Extent and quaity of support provided to the Ministry of Labour in finalising the contract on migrant domestic workers.

*Extent and quality of support provided to the RTG's Human Rights instruments obligations;

*Number of follow-up events to advocate the publication 'Dignity and Justice for All of Us: Our Voices are Heard in Thailand" jointly organised and implemented with the Royal Thai Government;

*Number of stakeholders trained on Convention Against Torture (CAT);

*Numer of CEDAW and WHR trainings conducted by the OWAFD for line ministries;

*Number of materials on the application of CEDAW in courts made available for use by judiciary;

*Ministry of Labour endorsed contract on migrant domestic workers and provide minimum protection to Women Migrant Domestic Workers.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other

Common Services and Premises Planned initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness of UN operations, incl. common administrative services and common arrangements in support of programme delivery (including Joint Office initiative) *Further integrated & simplified pre-contract process for national staff;

*Common induction programme in place;

*Efficient procurement and contracting service;

*Integration of administrative services;

*integration of host country/protocol services through e-protocol project;

*Consolidated Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in place, supporting disaster preparedness.

*Level of standardised recruitment in place; *Number of induction sessions conducted in 2009; *Number of LTAs agreed and implemented;

*Web-based e-protocol continued;

*Number of joint vacancy announcements issued;

*Number of Common learning programmes and knowledge sharing sessions continued;

*One UN library functional;

*Consolidated Business Continuity Plan.

$10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Planned initiatives on common premises

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Other (specify) Other (specify)

Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN09)
Preparedness Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors *Cluster leads and co-leads arrangements finalised and agreed;

*Orientation/training for cluster groups conducted;

*Localised Cluster TORs finalised;

*Cluster-wise contingency plan and monitoring indicators developed.

*Cluster leads and co-leads arrangements in place;

*Number of participants attending orientation/training for cluster groups;

*Scenarios and planning assumptions agreed and finalised;

*Localised Cluster TORs available;

*Draft cluster-wise contingency plan and monitoring indicators available

$10,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Relief Coordination of humanitarian operations *Coordinated humanitarian response in case of disasters.

*Successful coordination of humanitarian response to disasters in terms of : - Number of disaster victims reached and cared for; and - Number of relevant UN agencies effectively engaged.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team

Development of a response plan *Pandemic Influenza Contingency and Preparedness Plan up-to-date with focus on the displaced populations in camps;

*Cluster-wise contingency plan initiated.

*Pandemic Influenza Contingency and Preparedness Plan updated; *Draft cluster-wise contingency plan and monitoring indicators available.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other (specify)

Advocy

Resource mobilization

UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN09)
Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan *Advocacy tool on the collective work of the UN in Thailand produced and dissiminated;

*UNCT website continued and updated;

*UNCT monthly newsletter continued to be published and distributed;

*High level advocacy on key issues jointly exercised with decision-makers and other development partners;

*Development cooperation seminars organised on key advocacy issues.

*Brochure designed and printed;

*UNCT website continuously updated in English and Thai;

*Number of site visits in 2009;

*UNCT monthly newsletter published and distributed in a timely manner.

*Number of joint visits to new ministers;

* No of Development Cooperation Lunches/Seminars organized.

$12,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other (specify)

Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy Development/implementation of RM strategy

Other (specify)

Security Management (WORKPLAN09)
Security Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present *MOSS Compliance survey (Agencies Self Assessment) conducted;

*Efficiency of the Wardens' system improved;

*Enhanced support to UN organizations with field presence.

*Follow-up UN organizations agencies' action plans for corrections;

*Number of new wardens trained;

*Number of calling exercises completed, use of ECS-SMS system;

*Country and area-specific MOSS reviewed.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA

Other

Up to date security plan

Security Management Team

Implementation of security training for staff

Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN09)
Special measures to integrate non-resident UN agencies in UNCT processes Supporting the Involvement of non-resident UN agencies in the national strategic planning processes/ UN programming n/a

n/a

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN09)
Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity RCO Staffing *Continued professional support provided to RC and UNCT: -Facilitated networking and coordination among UN agencies in Thailand by acting as a ‘one stop window’ for information related to the UN agencies in Thailand; -Timely dissemination of information from relevant HQ sources, including UNDG, to all UN agencies in Thailand -Secretarial support for the UNCT and Heads of Agency meetings initiating agendas and drafting minutes for an effective programmatic coordination of the UN agencies in Thailand; -Organisation of Ad hoc UNCT events, such as retreat, meetings with high level officials from HQs, and inter-country team meetings with neighbouring UNCTs successfully organized -Analytical and substantive support to joint programming initiatives

*Information disseminated in a timely manner;

*Documentation for UNCT,WG and other ad hoc meetings effectively prepared and serviced;

*Advisory/technical support provided for joint programme initiatives as required.

$120,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Materials/Equipment *Office automation to enable smooth operation of RCO.

$4,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Training of UN staff *RCO and UNCT capacity enhanced on emerging coordination issues.

*Number of training sessions completed;

*Participation to regional meeting of coordination officers.

$5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

31/03/2009 30/06/2009 30/09/2009 31/12/2009
Other (specify)


TOTAL $230,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00