2013 Resident Coordinator Annual Report
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 RCAR 2013 - Turkey

Dear Mr Secretary-General,

I am pleased to submit the Annual Report of the Resident Coordinator in Turkey for the year 2013, prepared in consultation with the United Nations Country Team.

2013 was a year in which the long-term domestic and international political success of the ruling AK Parti (AKP) and the country’s political stability were negatively impacted by two major events. The first was a series of demonstrations around the country in mid-2013 by a significant portion of the population in what have become known as the ‘Gezi Park” protests. They began as environmental action but then widened in scope and received a disproportionately harsh response from public security forces. The second major event was graft probe allegations first initiated on December 17, 2013 that have resulted in the resignation of three ministers and the dropping of a fourth from the cabinet. Regardless of the final outcome of these events, the AKP finds itself in challenging circumstances just before a marathon 18 month electoral cycle which starts with municipal election in March 2014.

With regard to the Kurdish issue, the Prime Minister (PM) declared a new cease-fire process in January 2013. The PM’s declaration received a positive response from Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish leader who asked PKK elements to withdraw and leave Turkish territory. The withdrawal was scheduled to start in May and end by August 2013 but it became apparent that the expectations of the two different sides were different resulting in the slowing down of the withdrawal process. The government announced its second democratic package on September 30, 2013, which includes some modest measures such as education in mother tongue in private schools, use of the Kurdish language in courts as well as naming towns and cities after Kurdish names, among others not directly related to the Kurdish solution process.The process since then has slowed, however, if not come to a halt, and it is hard to see it gathering momentum again in the current political context. Peace remains fragile and there is still a long and difficult road ahead.

As a result of sharing a borderline with Syria, Turkey has been one of the countries that has been most affected by the political and humanitarian crisis in Syria. With the crisis in its third year, the Government of Turkey, which has spent over 2 billion USD, has begun to feel the social and financial pressures exerted by the increasing number of Syrian refugees in the country. This number, which had reached over 700,000 by end 2013, has resulted in an increasing stress on public services and jobs with social tensions on the rise in some host communities. The Government has increasingly asked the international community for greater support and burden sharing, which has remained limited from the outset of the crisis.

After a sharp decline in 2012, real GDP growth picked up moderately in 2013. The economy grew 3.9%; however growth was fuelled by domestic consumption rather than investment or exports. Turkey's perennially large current-account deficit (CAD) widened (year-end expectation: 7.5% of GDP). The economy continued to be reliant on foreign capital. The Turkish economy’s structural problem of not being able to grow without boosting domestic consumption and hence widening the CAD continues, as does its very low domestic savings rate problem. As a result of political instability, the Turkish Lira lost significant value against hard currencies (e.g. 20%+ against the USD) during the year. Subdued economic activity (since mid-2012) has caused the pace of job creation to slacken. This, combined with increases in the working-age population and workforce participation, has edged the headline unemployment rate upwards (9.9%). The youth unemployment rate also increased (19.4%). The women’s labor force participation rate improved slightly (32.1%) but remains very low; while the women’s unemployment rate remained higher than the national average (12.7%).

Summary on progress towards UNDAF outcomes


While it is always hard to accurately attribute the UN system’s contribution to the achievement of overall outcomes in UNDCS or other areas in any country, this section will focus on Turkey’s progress on the UNDCS outcomes agreed with the Government of Turkey. Different UN agencies and the UNCT collectively have clearly contributed to many, if not all of the positive outcomes elaborated below.

Under UNDCS priority area 1, which relates to Democratic and Environmental Governance, the 4th Judicial package was passed by Parliament in April 2013. This was mainly intended to eliminate rulings against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for human rights violations, especially regarding the situation of detainees charged with membership in a terrorist organization. With regard to transparency and efficiency, the Court of Cassation established an Executive Board, composed of senior judges and prosecutors, which completed its code of conduct, while the Complaints Review Mechanism is currently under discussion. The Regulation of Ombudsman Institution was published in March 2013 and became operational. It received about 3,000 applications/complaints within its first three months.

The Law on Foreigners and International Protection was ratified in April 2013. The Law has clearly defined provisions and principles for entry, residence, admission, and expulsion amongst other aspects, including protection of vulnerable migrants. Following the adoption of the Law, the Directorate-General for Migration Management was established and is working on the by-laws, procedures and guidelines for its enforcement.

In June 2013, the Law on the Court of Accounts was amended. This was seen as a backward step in terms of parliamentary oversight of public accounts. The 30 September democratization package mentioned earlier should be viewed as a modest but positive step forward but it still needs parliamentary approval.

The Constitutional Reform process driven by the Constitutional Commission in the Parliament ceased and came to a standstill in November 2013 due to disagreements between the different political parties.

With regard to environmental governance, significant steps were taken in formulating strategic plans and adopting legislative frameworks. With a view to mainstreaming climate change into sectoral policies, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology included specific chapters in their respective strategic plans. The Fifth National Communication of Turkey to the UNFCCC was alsoprepared. A national strategy for combating desertification was completed and a regulation on Environmental Impact Assessments was approved.

Under UNDCS priority area 2, which relates to Disparity reduction, Social inclusion and basic Public Services, it is worth mentioning that the National Development Plan (NDP) of Turkey, 2014-2018, includes important targets and “prioritised transformation programmes” such as the “Structural Transformation Programme in Health Industries” and the “Programme on Protection of Family and Dynamic Population Structure”. Although both the NDP targets and the transformation programmes are of importance to the country’s development, the fact that reproductive health as a concept has been left out is not promising for the status of women in the country.

The newly established Ministry of Family and Social Policies began setting up social service centers, which will addressthe needs of different groups in society. The Ministry has also begun work which will enable it to report on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Gender equality remains a major development concern for Turkey. The National Development Plan (NDP) of Turkey (2014-2018) includes an objective on women’s social, cultural and economic empowerment and provides a list of policies to achieve this objective. Among the list of policies are increased participation of women in decision making mechanisms and developing sample gender responsive budgeting practices.

Under UNDCS priority area 3, which relates to Poverty and Employment, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security launchedthe “Mobilizing Local Resources for the Elimination of Child Labour” Project in five pilot provinces, namely Adana, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kocaeli and Ordu. It is the first project in Turkey that is being funded fully from the national budget. According to a survey conducted by TURKSTAT there are 893,000 children working in Turkey.

The Tenth NDP adopted in July 2013 with important inputs from the UN system in Turkey, addresses specific policies such as increasing decent job opportunities particularly for youth and women, reconciliation of work and family life, improving working conditions to enable decent work and the increase in the employability of the labor force through improved education levels. The plan includes various targets in relation to increased employment opportunities for women, and young people. It also prioritizes reducing informal work and increasing the National Employment Agency’s placement rate for jobseekers.

Summary on progress in UN Reform


2013 saw significant progress in making Istanbul an emerging regional hub for the UN with the decision of both UNDP and UN Women to locate their Regional Centers for Europe and Central Asia there. UNICEF also plans to relocate some of its regional staff there in 2014. UNDP, OCHA and WHO all signed new Agreements with the Government of Turkey in 2013 while UN Women’s Agreement is in an advanced stage of negotiation.

2013 has also been a successful year with respect to the RC system’s functioning. The members of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) have generally been supportive in sharing the burden of the cost of the RC system. Most resident and non-resident agencies contributed on an equal basis to the cost of the RC office. UNFPA, FAO, UNICEF and UNDP have also contributed to some aspects of the UNCT’s work-plan. UNHCR agreed to fully fund a coordination assistant post in the office of the RC dedicated to the Syria crisis’ spillover effects into Turkey. This level of cooperation, including the creation of a Syria Response Group at Representative level, which was formed in April 2013 and has met frequently since then in addition to the UN Task force on Syria which enhances collaboration at a technical level, should be acknowledged as a good achievement for 2013.

The influx of Syrians into Turkey since the onset of the crisis has far surpassed initial projections. UN agencies, namely, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, WHO as well as IOM have been providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees since the onset of the crisis while OCHA has established a coordinating role in Turkey with NGOs and other actors active in Northern Syria and faciliatated a needs assessment of the situation there. The outbreak of the polio virus in Syria at the end of October 2013 poses an additional strain and challenge to the Government of Turkey. The UN response was supported by WHO and UNICEF who led a supplementary vaccination initiative (SIA) for under 5 year old children in Turkey to confine the possible spread of the polio virus. With the longevity and hence transformation of the humanitarian crisis into a development crisis, UNDP and FAO have also committed themselves to providing support to the Syrians with a view to achieving short-term development outcomes. To that end, they have become partners in the Regional Response Plan-6 for Syria which was launched in Ankara simultaneously with its global launch on December 16, 2013. The UN in Turkey hosted severalhigh level visits from heads of UN agencies during the year.

The efforts of the UN system to monitor the implementation of the United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS), a post-UNDAF instrument agreed with the Government of Turkey in 2011 for the first time, continued throughout 2013. The functionality and operationalization of UNDCS Theme Groups in an effective manner was put to the test and challenges and problems have been noted and discussed. Areas which need improvement are being reviewed and will be agreed for corrective action at the UNCT Retreat at the end of January 2014.

The five UNDCS Theme Groups, namely Public Administration and Justice, Gender, Sustainable Environment and Resilience, Equity and Inclusive Public Services and Regional Development and Poverty Alleviation held regular meetings to monitor the operationalization of the UNDCS under the leadership of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and FAO who between them chaired the five theme groups that fall under their respective mandates. With a view to identifying achievements with respect to the high-level outcomes of the UNDCS, reports were prepared in cooperation with governmental partners and a strategic mid-term review meeting was held with the Ministry of Development in December with a view to determining whether there is any need to review development priorities. This was the first such mid-term review held under the joint leadership of the government and UN system in Turkey. The Ministry of Development co-chaired the review meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator. Over fifty stakeholders, comprised of public, private and civil society organizations participated and provided inputs and comments. A mid-term review report has been prepared and will be shared with the relevant parties.

In addition to the existing UNDCS Theme Groups (5), a Working Group on Human Rights was established in the country for the first time. UNDP has assumed the chair of this working group. The group is tasked, inter alia, to implement joint initiatives on human rights as well as to build internal and external capacities on human rights. It will prioritize monitoring Turkey’s last Universal Periodic Review implementation as well as preparations for the forthcoming 2015 Review.

On the implementation side, the three joint programmes on gender equality continued throughout 2013. The joint programmeon Fostering an Enabling Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey (UNDP, UNWomen, Sweden) has been extended until June 30, 2014. The joint programmes on Promoting the Human Rights of Women (UNDP, UN Women, Sabanci Foundation) and on Women Friendly Cities (UNDP, UNFPA, Sweden) helped build capacities at the local and legislative level. Cooperation between theUN system and the Parliamentary Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men as well as the Ministry of Family and Social Planning also improved through regular and productive dialogue.

The outputs/findings of the national consultations on the post-2015 development agenda were compiled into a report, the content of which was widely shared with national stakeholders as well as internationally. Gender related challenges were identified together with the need for greater democratization as among the highest priorities for Turkey going forward. The Government of Turkey hosted a successful regional meeting in Istanbul between November 7-8, 2013 which was jointly sponsored by the UNDG and UNECE with the participation of representatives from public, private and civil society organizations from the countries in the region and discussions on determining regional priorities were held. The report of the national consultations in Turkey on the post-2015 development agenda served as a reference document on issues related to Turkey.

The UN Communication strategy reflected in the UN communication work-plan was implemented. In this context, awareness raising activities were undertaken jointly on UN Day, Human Rights Day, Women’s Day, the International Day for the Girl Child, World Refugee Day, International Migration Day and Mandela Day, among others. Advocacy and awareness raising activities targeting the youth of Turkey were also organized at university and high-school levels. Schools and universities were visited by different UN staff who delivered speeches and participated in discussions advocating the work of the UN. Support to Model UN Conferences through the Model UN Association has become an integral part of annual UN advocacy activities in Turkey.

The negotiations with the government on the provision of cost-free premises for the UN have advanced and it has been agreed that a plot of land in Ankara will be provided by government for the UN’s use in this regard. Furthermore, in-principle agreement with the government was secured for funding to construct a UN House in Ankara.

With a view to developing in-house capacities, training sessions were provided for UN programme staff on the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), monitoring of the UNDCS, communication and presentation techniques and social media.

Active support was provided to non-resident agencies (UN Women, OHCHR). The Office of the Resident Coordinator also provided support to 20 missions during 2013 to ensure their effectiveness, including two missions of the UN Deputy Secretary-General and a number of visits by Under-Secretary-Generals and Assistant Secretary-Generals.

Key aspects of the proposed 2014 workplan


2014 is the penultimate year of the current common programming cycle (i.e. the UNDCS). Therefore, the UN system will engage itself in preparing for the next common programming cycle. Unlike the previous cycle, the UNCT has agreed to conduct a Country Assessment, to be collectively agreed, as the basis for its joint programming after the current UNDCS ends in 2015.

In addition to preparing for the next cycle, the UNCT will continue to work to achieve the results stipulated in the current UNDCS. In that context, the findings of the December mid-term review will be used to inform the UN system’s work in 2014. Given that the target date of 2015 for MDG achievement is fast approaching, the UN system in Turkey will also continue to prioritize MDG 3, which happens to be a significant challenge for the country, focusing on advocacy for the rights of women. The post-2015 development agenda will also be a priority and the national consultation report will serve as a major input into the design of the next UNDCS. Additionally, increased efforts will be made to advocate for women’s participation and empowerment prior to the local elections in March 2014. The work of the human rights working group is expected to gather momentum in 2014 while a new UNCT Theme Group on Youth has recently been established and the HIV/AIDS working group has been revitalized and will be refocused in 2014. A dedicated new working group on measurement of results against strategic UNDCS outcomes has also been created.

The UN system in Turkey sees a lot of merit in implementing joint programmes. Therefore, it has agreed to focus more on joint programme interventions in areas that require multi-disciplinary work. The three thematic groups and other UNCT working groups (HIV/AIDS, Regional Development) will prioritize this in 2014. Based on the recommendations made by partners in the mid-termreview and the recommendations brought forward by UNDCS Theme Group Chairs, the UN system will discuss and agree on joint programme areas that will bring added value to the UN’s work in Turkey.

Recommendations


The global level UN Development Group needs to ensure the full implementation of the Management and Accountability Framework as well as the newly agreed cost-sharing agreement for the RC system. Furthermore, the UNCT in Turkey sees the need for a more appropriate, substantive and creative way for the UNDG at global and regional levels, as well as for DOCO, to support UNCTs in upper middle income countries.

2013 was a busy and successful year for the UN system in Turkey. We look forward to an even more successful year in 2014 with the full support of the UN Development Group, the DOCO, and other global and regional organizations of the United Nations system.

Kamal Malhotra

UN Resident Coordinator




   2013 Results and Use of Funds

2012 Results and Use of Funds
Part One: Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (Results 2012)
Key Result Area Outcome Name Indicate Total Budget Per Outcome Provide an indicative budget delivery amount per outcome in 2012.    Comments
UNDAFOutcome 1  
UNDAFOutcome 2  
UNDAFOutcome 3  
UNDAFOutcome 4  
UNDAFOutcome 5  
PART 1 TOTAL $0.00 $0.00
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 (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) 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 Support provided in devising the post2015 development agenda.

Report on national consultations will be drafted and submitted.

The report on Post 2015 National consultations finalized and submitted. The report was printed and the printed versions of the reports were distibuted to national stakeholders and international partners. The findings of the report were widely shared at a regional meeting on post-2015 development agenda organized by UNDP and UNECE in Istanbul

$6,675.32 $64,000.00 $64,000.00

       
UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives *

       
UN support to capacity development strategies Triangular and south south cooperation opportunities sought to operationalize Istanbul Plan of Action.

At least one project in cooperation with IICPSD for LDCs.

LDC road map and options prepared for TIKA laying the ground for joint programmes including tri-angular and south-south cooperation.

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

       
Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

       
Other

       
B) 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 1. Donor and international community abreast with developments on humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. 2. Programmatic cooperation with the WB strengthened under the determined areas of cooperation. 3. Joint partnership groups with the EU maintained and strengthened.

1. At least two aid coordination meetings. 2. UN-WB work-plan implemented. 3. At least one joint initiative with the Bank.4. Agreement reached on the operationalization of partnership groups with the new EU management.

1. Three aid/donor coordination meetings organized during 2013. 2. Creation of Syria Response Group at representative level

$5,000.00

       
Other

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

       
Preparation of Country Analysis/UNDAF/UNDAF Action Plan

       
Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (inputs provided by theme group chairs)

       
Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * Monitoring of UNDCS ensured through effective functioning of all five UNDCS TGs. Leadership of agencies ensured. HR capacity of RCO on M+E supported.

Level 1 , 2 and 3 reports of the TGs prepared; agencies financial contribution

Level 1, 2 and 3 reports of the Thematic Groups were prepared in consultation with national stakeholders. 20 UNDCS Thematic Group meetings were held for monitoring, information exchange and advocacy purposes.

$1,000.00

       
UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation/SOF Mid-term review of UNDCS conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Development.

Mid-term review report

UNDCS Mid-Term Review Metting meeting was conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Development on December 20, 2013 with the participation of 100 participants from 50 national stakeholders and UN Agencies. The MTR Report was drafted and finalized.

$15,000.00 $14,288.73

       
Joint planning initiatives with UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding, political and humanitarian actors (e.g. UNDAF plus, Integrated Strategic Framework) .

       
Other

       
D) Joint Programmes6
Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Proposal for a JP on Violence Against Women with a focus on post-conflict situations submitted

Project Proposal

       
M&E of Joint Programmes

       
Other

       
E) HACT
Status of HACT implementation/compliance7 in the country * Quality Assurance Plans finalized and implemented. DOCO's certification ensured.

Procurement for selection of Audit Company. Agreed audit plan by the Ex-Com Agencies

Micro assessments completed. Agencies opted for conduct of audit/quality assurance in line with their respective regulations and rules. Therefore common quality assurance implementation of plan and DOCO certification have been postponed.

       
Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

       
Other

       
F) Gender Equality
UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) 1. Implementation of two JPs continued. 2. Awereness raised through advocacy in collaboration with govermental institutions. 3. Support given to the governmental institutions on the issue of gender equality and GBV during the humanitarian crises

1. PMC Meetings; 2. Media outlets; 3. Meetings with the parliamentarians and local authorities 4. Meetings with the members of the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Parliament.

1. Implementation of three JPs on women's rights continued. 2. JP on Fostering and Enabling Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey extended to June 2014. 3. Dialogue with the Parliamentary Sub-Commission on Equal Opportunities continued through regular meetings. 4. A media pamphlet prepared on Gender Equality on Women's Day.

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

Post of a gender specialist created in the office of the RC

       
Other

       
G) HIV/AIDS
Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * 1. Stronger cooperation on HIV/AIDS with the government ensured. 2. JP financially supported by UNAIDS Cosponsor agencies in the country.

1. JP MoU signed by UNCT 2.at least 30,000 $ raised for the JP 3. JP implemented.

1. Two TG meetings and meetings with the Government of Turkey, UN AIDS focal point held by the HIV/AIDS thematic group.2. Support provided for World AIDS day.

$50,000.00 $69,541.19

       
UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * 1. Cooperation between JT/TG administration between the UNCT and the government on HIV/AIDS ensured . 2. 2013-2015 National HIV/AIDS Action Plan implemented by MoH.

1. At least three high level meetings with government 2. At least one joint project

       
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace *

       
Other

       
H) Human Rights
Application of Human Right Based Approach

28 UN staff benefited from the capacity building activity on HRBA to programming.

       
Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems UN country team impact strengthened in response to national requests for  capacity development and support on human rights mainstreaming

A proposal for country level catalytic initiatives on human rights mainstreaming prepared and submitted for DG-HRM funding

UN Human Rights Working Group created and started work focused on UPR. Resources (100,000 USD) mobilized for such work from DG-HRM based on the proposal prepared. 2. A training session on "International Human Rights Law, Mechanisms and instruments" organized by this working group on November 1, 2013 at the UN House with the participation from stakeholders from the government of Turkey and Civil Society .

$2,807.79

       
Other

       
I) Common Services and Premises
Status of initiatives to increase collaboration and cost-effectiveness of UN business operations in support of programme delivery (common services and premises) Opportunities for free of charge premises for the UN sought with the government

At least one meeting and meeting report

Significant progress made. Commitment from the Government to allocate a plot of land for UN House in the diplomatic enclave in ?ncek ensured. Verbal agreement reached with the government on their meeting the cost of construction.

       
Other (specify)

       
J) Other
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 2: Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Preparedness
Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors Preparedness to respond to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian Refugees ensured.

Updated Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees

Regional Response Plan 5 (RRP 5) concluded at the end of 2013. RRP 6 drafted, updated and launched in December 2013. UN Turkey Syria Response Group (SRG) established as a coordination mechanism at representative level on stragetic coordination and policy issues. 14 SRG meetings held.

$25,000.00

       
B) Relief
Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team Situation Pertaining to Syria monitored under the leadership of UNHCR with political guidance of the RC

At least one joint field visit; at least two briefings by UNHCR

Numerous field visits by UN Turkey Agencies and UNHCR briefings took place on the situation pertaining to Syria. President of the Republic of Turkey and senior government officials briefed on UN's work in this respect.

       
Development of a response plan Preparedness to respond to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian Refugees ensured.

Updated Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees

RRP 6 prepared and launched in December.

       
Coordination of humanitarian operations Cooperation on humanitarian assistance ensured through UN Task force on regular basis

At least 4 UN Task Team meeting, meeting reports, SitReps

1.Thirty (30) UN Turkey Task Force on Syria Meetings held and the notes of these meetings shared. Inputs provided to CERF annual report. 2. Field presence of OCHA in Turkeyestablished with RCO/UNDP support. 3. WFP re-established presence in Turkey to support work with Syrian refugees.

       
Advocy

       
Resource mobilization Resources mobilized under the framework of RRP; CERF implemented successfully

Updated RRP; CERF progresss reports

Inputs for updating global CERF progress report provided. RRP 5 dashboards regularly updated on monthly basis.

       
Other (specify)

       
Result Area 3: UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications
Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan UN' s work effectively advocated through joint advocacy and Communication Strategy

Joint Communication and Advocacy Plan; number of website views

F?ve joint activities conducted consistent with the UNCG annual workplan on special UN Days.Three workshops concducted for enhancing UN staff's effective advocacy. F?ve UN Communication Group meetings held.

$60,000.00 $21,114.39

       
Other (specify)

       
B) Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy
Development/implementation of RM strategy 1. Cost-sharing for the RC office implemented; 2. Joint Resources Mobilized through the implementation of joint Resource Mobilization Strategy.

1. cost-sharing modality; 2. JRMS

1. Cost-sharing for the RC office implemented; 2. Joint Resources Mobilized through the implementation of joint Resource Mobilization Strategy.

       
Other (specify) Partnerships with OSTIM and the British Council ensured through joint initiatives

At least one joint initiative under the framework of signed MoUs

British Council and UNCG Turkey jointly organized a workshop on effective advocacy under the framework of the existing MoU .

       
Result Area 4: Security Management (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Security
Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present Threats, with a possibility to affect UN personnel, assets or operations identified. Risks to the UN in terms of likelihood and impact assessed. Risks prioritized, prevention and mitigation strategies and measures identified.

Two new ASMTs (Istanbul and Gaziantep) created and fully operationalized. Two Area Security Coordinators appointed (Istanbul, Gaziantep).

       
Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA Effectiveness of mitigating measures monitored.

1.mitigation measures/required standards 2. MOSS inspection reports

Country MOSS has been updated. Warden system maintained and warden trainings conducted.

       
Up to date security plan 1. Safety and security of staff members of the United Nations system, eligible dependants, their property, and the property of the organisations ensured; 2. Security plan for the duty station prepared and implemented; 3.Arrangements decided by the Secretary-General in support of the host government’s measures for the security and protection of staff members employed by the organizations of the United Nations system, their eligible dependants and their property and of the organizations’ property implemented; 4. Liaison with the government of the host country on matters concerning the security and protection maintained.

Country-specific security plan, contingency plans and security listings of staff members employed by organisations of the United Nations system and their eligible dependants

1. DSS team restructured to respond to emerging situation in the country and region. 2.Country specific security plan and SRA drafted and awating approval. All mandatory returns sent to NY.

       
Security Management Team SMT managed and coordinated in an integrated manner on an inter-agency basis.

SMT meeting minutes

Two regular SMT meetings and additional ad-hoc meetings held and meeting minutes prepared. ASMT meeting held. Istanbul and South East security plan updated.

       
Implementation of security training for staff Staff security enhanced, risks mitigated and field operations enabled through developed capacities of staff.

12 Training events

Trainings organized.

       
Other

SMS alert system established.

       
Result Area 5: Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) 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 Involvement of NRAs in country programming ensured

Number of UNCT Meeting notes shared with NRAs; at least two visits to NRA HQs

1. OHCHR, UNWomen missions supported. 2. Istanbul becoming a regional UN hub much closer to reality with UNDP signing agreement and UNW and UNICEF waiting to establish presence in 2014.

$15,000.00

       
Other (specify) Visiting missions of NRAs supported. Political and High-Level missions supported.

At least one mission of an NRA. At least 5 political and high level missions

The RC Office Supported twenty (20) visiting missions in 2013

       
Result Area 6: Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity
RCO Staffing Minimum coordination capacity in the RC office ensured. Planning for and implementation of UNCT work-plan ensured.

Contracts of Coordination Officer and Coordination Assistant. At least one UNCT retreat. At least 4 UNCT meetings.

The Coordination capacity of the RC Office improved. Contracts of UN Coordination Specialist, UN Coordination Associate ensured. A new post, "UN Coordination Assistant on Syria" created. UNCT Annual Retreat held . Nineteen UNCT meetings and fourteen SRG Meetings held.

$150,000.00 $155,019.00 $40,000.00 $23,729.31

       
Materials/Equipment IT compliant RC office

$5,000.00

       
Training of UN staff Capacities of UN staff developed on UN Reform and Results Based Management.

One training on UN Reform and One training on RBM

A training session was organized and training for UN staff on monitoring by the UN coordination specialist.

$5,000.00

       
Other (specify) Capacity of UN staff, including M+E focal points, strengthened through continued guidance by the RCO on operationalization of UNDCS.

Contract of an M+E focal point in the RC office

Contract issued for a UN Coordination Assistant on Syria

$25,000.00

       

TOTAL $186,000.00 $155,019.00 $35,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $175,000.00 $135,348.94 $64,000.00 $66,807.79



   Joint Programmes


         *** no joint programmes reported ***






   Coordination Procedures and Practices


         *** no practices or procedures reported ***






   2014 Workplan

2014 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 (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) 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 Support provided in devising the post2015 development agenda.

Report on national consultations will be drafted and submitted.

The report on Post 2015 National consultations finalized and submitted. The report was printed and the printed versions of the reports were distibuted to national stakeholders and international partners. The findings of the report were widely shared at a regional meeting on post-2015 development agenda organized by UNDP and UNECE in Istanbul

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $64,000.00

UN plan to support the implementation of the Millennium Declaration, including scaling up MDG initiatives *

UN support to capacity development strategies Triangular and south south cooperation opportunities sought to operationalize Istanbul Plan of Action.

At least one project in cooperation with IICPSD for LDCs.

LDC road map and options prepared for TIKA laying the ground for joint programmes including tri-angular and south-south cooperation.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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

Formulation/implementation of a transition plan or strategy 5

Other

B) 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 1. Donor and international community abreast with developments on humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. 2. Programmatic cooperation with the WB strengthened under the determined areas of cooperation. 3. Joint partnership groups with the EU maintained and strengthened.

1. At least two aid coordination meetings. 2. UN-WB work-plan implemented. 3. At least one joint initiative with the Bank.4. Agreement reached on the operationalization of partnership groups with the new EU management.

1. Three aid/donor coordination meetings organized during 2013. 2. Creation of Syria Response Group at representative level

$0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

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

Preparation of Country Analysis/UNDAF/UNDAF Action Plan

Implementation of UNDAF M&E framework * Monitoring of UNDCS ensured through effective functioning of all five UNDCS TGs. Leadership of agencies ensured. HR capacity of RCO on M+E supported.

Level 1 , 2 and 3 reports of the TGs prepared; agencies financial contribution

Level 1, 2 and 3 reports of the Thematic Groups were prepared in consultation with national stakeholders. 20 UNDCS Thematic Group meetings were held for monitoring, information exchange and advocacy purposes.

$1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UNDAF Annual Review/ UNDAF Evaluation/SOF Mid-term review of UNDCS conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Development.

Mid-term review report

UNDCS Mid-Term Review Metting meeting was conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Development on December 20, 2013 with the participation of 100 participants from 50 national stakeholders and UN Agencies. The MTR Report was drafted and finalized.

$15,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

Progress towards UNDAF outcomes (inputs provided by theme group chairs)

Joint planning initiatives with UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding, political and humanitarian actors (e.g. UNDAF plus, Integrated Strategic Framework) .

D) Joint Programmes6 Preparation/ implementation of new Joint Programmes * Proposal for a JP on Violence Against Women with a focus on post-conflict situations submitted

Project Proposal

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

M&E of Joint Programmes

Other

E) HACT Status of HACT implementation/compliance7 in the country * Quality Assurance Plans finalized and implemented. DOCO's certification ensured.

Procurement for selection of Audit Company. Agreed audit plan by the Ex-Com Agencies

Micro assessments completed. Agencies opted for conduct of audit/quality assurance in line with their respective regulations and rules. Therefore common quality assurance implementation of plan and DOCO certification have been postponed.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening national systems/capacities through HACT

Other

F) Gender Equality UN support to incorporation of gender equality in national planning processes (such as National Development Strategies; PRSPs; SWAPs; Joint Assistance Strategies, etc.) 1. Implementation of two JPs continued. 2. Awereness raised through advocacy in collaboration with govermental institutions. 3. Support given to the governmental institutions on the issue of gender equality and GBV during the humanitarian crises

1. PMC Meetings; 2. Media outlets; 3. Meetings with the parliamentarians and local authorities 4. Meetings with the members of the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Parliament.

1. Implementation of three JPs on women's rights continued. 2. JP on Fostering and Enabling Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey extended to June 2014. 3. Dialogue with the Parliamentary Sub-Commission on Equal Opportunities continued through regular meetings. 4. A media pamphlet prepared on Gender Equality on Women's Day.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

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

Post of a gender specialist created in the office of the RC

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

G) HIV/AIDS Establishment of Joint UN Team on AIDS and implementation of joint programme of support on AIDS * 1. Stronger cooperation on HIV/AIDS with the government ensured. 2. JP financially supported by UNAIDS Cosponsor agencies in the country.

1. JP MoU signed by UNCT 2.at least 30,000 $ raised for the JP 3. JP implemented.

1. Two TG meetings and meetings with the Government of Turkey, UN AIDS focal point held by the HIV/AIDS thematic group.2. Support provided for World AIDS day.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN support to the national response to AIDS through strengthening the Three Ones * 1. Cooperation between JT/TG administration between the UNCT and the government on HIV/AIDS ensured . 2. 2013-2015 National HIV/AIDS Action Plan implemented by MoH.

1. At least three high level meetings with government 2. At least one joint project

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

HIV/AIDS in the Workplace *

Other

H) Human Rights Application of Human Right Based Approach

28 UN staff benefited from the capacity building activity on HRBA to programming.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Strengthening the capacity of UNCTs to support national human rights protection systems UN country team impact strengthened in response to national requests for  capacity development and support on human rights mainstreaming

A proposal for country level catalytic initiatives on human rights mainstreaming prepared and submitted for DG-HRM funding

UN Human Rights Working Group created and started work focused on UPR. Resources (100,000 USD) mobilized for such work from DG-HRM based on the proposal prepared. 2. A training session on "International Human Rights Law, Mechanisms and instruments" organized by this working group on November 1, 2013 at the UN House with the participation from stakeholders from the government of Turkey and Civil Society .

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

I) Common Services and Premises Status of initiatives to increase collaboration and cost-effectiveness of UN business operations in support of programme delivery (common services and premises) Opportunities for free of charge premises for the UN sought with the government

At least one meeting and meeting report

Significant progress made. Commitment from the Government to allocate a plot of land for UN House in the diplomatic enclave in ?ncek ensured. Verbal agreement reached with the government on their meeting the cost of construction.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

J) Other Other (specify)

Coordination of Emergency Preparedness and Relief (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Preparedness Coordination of emergency preparedness efforts of UNCT members and relevant humanitarian actors Preparedness to respond to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian Refugees ensured.

Updated Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees

Regional Response Plan 5 (RRP 5) concluded at the end of 2013. RRP 6 drafted, updated and launched in December 2013. UN Turkey Syria Response Group (SRG) established as a coordination mechanism at representative level on stragetic coordination and policy issues. 14 SRG meetings held.

$0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

B) Relief Coordination of humanitarian operations Cooperation on humanitarian assistance ensured through UN Task force on regular basis

At least 4 UN Task Team meeting, meeting reports, SitReps

1.Thirty (30) UN Turkey Task Force on Syria Meetings held and the notes of these meetings shared. Inputs provided to CERF annual report. 2. Field presence of OCHA in Turkeyestablished with RCO/UNDP support. 3. WFP re-established presence in Turkey to support work with Syrian refugees.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Establishment of Humanitarian Country Team Situation Pertaining to Syria monitored under the leadership of UNHCR with political guidance of the RC

At least one joint field visit; at least two briefings by UNHCR

Numerous field visits by UN Turkey Agencies and UNHCR briefings took place on the situation pertaining to Syria. President of the Republic of Turkey and senior government officials briefed on UN's work in this respect.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Development of a response plan Preparedness to respond to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian Refugees ensured.

Updated Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees

RRP 6 prepared and launched in December.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

Advocy

Resource mobilization Resources mobilized under the framework of RRP; CERF implemented successfully

Updated RRP; CERF progresss reports

Inputs for updating global CERF progress report provided. RRP 5 dashboards regularly updated on monthly basis.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

UN Advocacy and Resource Mobilization (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Joint UNCT Advocacy and Communications Development/implementation of the UNCT communications/advocacy strategy & plan UN' s work effectively advocated through joint advocacy and Communication Strategy

Joint Communication and Advocacy Plan; number of website views

F?ve joint activities conducted consistent with the UNCG annual workplan on special UN Days.Three workshops concducted for enhancing UN staff's effective advocacy. F?ve UN Communication Group meetings held.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify)

B) Joint UNCT Resource Mobilization Strategy Development/implementation of RM strategy 1. Cost-sharing for the RC office implemented; 2. Joint Resources Mobilized through the implementation of joint Resource Mobilization Strategy.

1. cost-sharing modality; 2. JRMS

1. Cost-sharing for the RC office implemented; 2. Joint Resources Mobilized through the implementation of joint Resource Mobilization Strategy.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify) Partnerships with OSTIM and the British Council ensured through joint initiatives

At least one joint initiative under the framework of signed MoUs

British Council and UNCG Turkey jointly organized a workshop on effective advocacy under the framework of the existing MoU .

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Security Management (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Security Duty station specific security risk assessment (SRA) for all locations in the country where UN staff are present Threats, with a possibility to affect UN personnel, assets or operations identified. Risks to the UN in terms of likelihood and impact assessed. Risks prioritized, prevention and mitigation strategies and measures identified.

Two new ASMTs (Istanbul and Gaziantep) created and fully operationalized. Two Area Security Coordinators appointed (Istanbul, Gaziantep).

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of mitigating measures as identified in SRA Effectiveness of mitigating measures monitored.

1.mitigation measures/required standards 2. MOSS inspection reports

Country MOSS has been updated. Warden system maintained and warden trainings conducted.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other

SMS alert system established.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Up to date security plan 1. Safety and security of staff members of the United Nations system, eligible dependants, their property, and the property of the organisations ensured; 2. Security plan for the duty station prepared and implemented; 3.Arrangements decided by the Secretary-General in support of the host government’s measures for the security and protection of staff members employed by the organizations of the United Nations system, their eligible dependants and their property and of the organizations’ property implemented; 4. Liaison with the government of the host country on matters concerning the security and protection maintained.

Country-specific security plan, contingency plans and security listings of staff members employed by organisations of the United Nations system and their eligible dependants

1. DSS team restructured to respond to emerging situation in the country and region. 2.Country specific security plan and SRA drafted and awating approval. All mandatory returns sent to NY.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Security Management Team SMT managed and coordinated in an integrated manner on an inter-agency basis.

SMT meeting minutes

Two regular SMT meetings and additional ad-hoc meetings held and meeting minutes prepared. ASMT meeting held. Istanbul and South East security plan updated.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Implementation of security training for staff Staff security enhanced, risks mitigated and field operations enabled through developed capacities of staff.

12 Training events

Trainings organized.

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Non-Resident UN Agencies (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) 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 Involvement of NRAs in country programming ensured

Number of UNCT Meeting notes shared with NRAs; at least two visits to NRA HQs

1. OHCHR, UNWomen missions supported. 2. Istanbul becoming a regional UN hub much closer to reality with UNDP signing agreement and UNW and UNICEF waiting to establish presence in 2014.

$15,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify) Visiting missions of NRAs supported. Political and High-Level missions supported.

At least one mission of an NRA. At least 5 political and high level missions

The RC Office Supported twenty (20) visiting missions in 2013

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Coordination Capacity of the UNCT (WORKPLAN 2013)
A) Strengthening UNCT Coordination Capacity RCO Staffing Minimum coordination capacity in the RC office ensured. Planning for and implementation of UNCT work-plan ensured.

Contracts of Coordination Officer and Coordination Assistant. At least one UNCT retreat. At least 4 UNCT meetings.

The Coordination capacity of the RC Office improved. Contracts of UN Coordination Specialist, UN Coordination Associate ensured. A new post, "UN Coordination Assistant on Syria" created. UNCT Annual Retreat held . Nineteen UNCT meetings and fourteen SRG Meetings held.

$150,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Materials/Equipment IT compliant RC office

$5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Training of UN staff Capacities of UN staff developed on UN Reform and Results Based Management.

One training on UN Reform and One training on RBM

A training session was organized and training for UN staff on monitoring by the UN coordination specialist.

$0.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Other (specify) Capacity of UN staff, including M+E focal points, strengthened through continued guidance by the RCO on operationalization of UNDCS.

Contract of an M+E focal point in the RC office

Contract issued for a UN Coordination Assistant on Syria

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00


TOTAL $186,000.00 $35,000.00 $0.00 $64,000.00