UNOPS

30/04/2015

Press release: Joint Field Visit of the Executive Boards highlights UN support to the Government of Jordan

AMMAN - Delegates from the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP concluded their first Joint Field Visit (JFV) to Jordan today, at a press conference held jointly with the Government of Jordan.

The visit aimed to enhance Executive Board members' understanding of the ways in which United Nations (UN) organizations are assisting Jordan in its efforts to achieve sustainable development and address numerous challenges, including the Syrian refugee crisis. The JFV was also an opportunity for the UN in Jordan to seek guidance from Executive Board members on the way in which the UN is operating in the Kingdom. This year, the visit was coordinated by UNOPS and included several meetings with Government officials, the Royal Court, the UN Country and Humanitarian Teams, and other stakeholders, including major donors. In addition, the Executive Boards visited projects being implemented by the six participating UN agencies in both refugee camps and host communities.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, UN Women, and WFP, along with other UN organizations in Jordan, are working together in partnership with the international community to support the Government of Jordan in addressing humanitarian and longer-term development priorities. The UN in Jordan has made fundamental progress in preparation for "Delivering as One" and enhancing system-wide coherence. To this end, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, Mr. Edward Kallon, highlighted during the press conference: "The UN Country and Humanitarian Teams in Jordan are taking significant steps towards enhancing coherence, to improve coordination between humanitarian, resilience and longer-term development programming. The United Nations Assistance Framework 2015-2017 was developed to incorporate a section dedicated to the Syrian refugee response and additional new emphasis on resilience programming".

With regards to the impact of the Syria Crisis, Mr. Kallon reiterated that: "Refugee needs have impacted heavily on Jordan. The national response capacity and traditional humanitarian response infrastructure are at full stretch and Jordanians in refugee-impacted areas are experiencing increased vulnerability". He continued adding that: "GDP growth rate declined from 8% in 2005 to 3% in 2014, the estimated fiscal impact for 2015 will be $2.09 billion, which presents a significant challenge to stability and social cohesion".

In an effort to provide a comprehensive response to the impact of the Syria Crisis in Jordan, in 2015, the Government of Jordan launched the Jordan Response Plan (JRP), which marks a strategic shift in the response to the impact of the Syria crisis in Jordan.  It brings together humanitarian action and development assistance through a resilience-based approach that seeks a more sustainable, cost-effective solution.

Most recently, the UN has worked with the Government of Jordan to establish the Jordan Resilience Fund as a dedicated trust fund for the JRP. Encouraging donors to capitalize on this valuable addition to the flexible funding architecture will allow expanded partnerships, reduced transaction costs and better accountability, through a joint management by the Government of Jordan, the UN and donors.

"This visit provided an excellent opportunity for Member States to see first-hand the pressing humanitarian and development challenges facing Jordan", stated His Excellency Ambassador/Permanent Representative for the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN and JFV Team Leader, Mr. Fernando Carrera, adding that: "Jordan's stability and security are vital for the region and its government requires continued support from the international community. UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, UN Women and WFP will continue to assist the Government of Jordan in its efforts to achieve sustainable development and respond to the humanitarian crisis, through a resilience-based approach".

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Facts:

  • JRP is a one-year, $2.99 billion national framework to respond to refugee and host community needs.
  • JRP has 11 sectors ($1.8 billion), plus an addition element of direct budget support ($1.1 billion).
  • JRP represents a compact with the international community and a collective responsibility to deliver it.
  • Government of Jordan needs continued generous support of the international community from both traditional and non-traditional donors.
  • Since the launch of the JRP, the GOJ has approved projects totaling $43 million and secured pledges for a further $124 million.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marija Bateman, Partnership Advisor, UNOPS Hub in Amman - Jordan
Tel: +962 6 5902159, Mobile: +962 797555761, E-mail: marijab@unops.org

Nora Isayan, Communication Analyst, Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator – Jordan
Tel: +962 6 510 0420 Ext. 259, Mobile: +962  79 855 7128, E-mail: nora.isayan@one.un.org