The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) 2020-2025 outlines the UN development system’s collective commitment to support sustainable development in South Africa in line with national, regional, and global development priorities. It is aligned to South Africa’s long-term National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, which recognizes the environment and science and technology as central drivers of change, and the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019-2024, and firmly anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Charter.
The overarching principle for the UNSDCF Governance Mechanism is that it should reinforce the UN Reforms at a countrywide level, serving as a mechanism that promotes greater collaboration between the host Government, the UN and other national partners. Importantly the governance mechanism is responsible for the entire programme cycle, including the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting phases of the Cooperation Framework. To this end, this section outlines the proposed Governance Mechanism for South Africa. The proposal takes into consideration lessons from the concluding Cooperation Framework cycle, examples of governance models in other countries, and ultimately the shifts in the new UNSDCF.