Thematic Areas

The activities of the UN system in Nepal are often linked to global campaigns centered on priority themes, or are organized along thematic areas of particular relevance to the national context. Find out more about these areas:

Millennium Development Goals: World leaders agreed in 2000 to achieve an eight-point road map with measurable targets by 2015. Nepal is a priority country for the MDGs, and because every citizen is central to their achievement, the UN system in Nepal engages civil society and local bodies in its work toward the MDGs, for example through Platform HD2010 which integrates NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) and National Association of VDCs in Nepal (NAVIN) as coordinating partners.


Nepal Peace and Development Strategy: The PDS articulates how development partners could assist Nepal to realize the development agenda emNepal Peace and Development Strategy: The PDS articulates how development partners could assist Nepal to realize the development agenda embedded in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The strategy identifies 178 specific areas of support compiled into a companion ‘Plan of Action’.bedded in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The strategy identifies 178 specific areas of support compiled into a companion ‘Plan of Action’

Disaster preparedness: thousands of Nepalis suffers monsoon floods and landslides every year. Disaster preparedness includes activities such as developing an overall preparedness strategy and institutional structure, and embedding in these warning and forecasting capabilities and sound risk analyses.


Basic Operating Guidelines (BOGs) are a set of measurable working principles that organizations have to apply and advocate on, which codify the impartiality of aid and access to it in Nepal. The term operational space describes the ability of development and humanitarian organizations to assist beneficiaries and implement projects independently of military and political interference. BOGs monitoring is carried out in collaboration by OCHA, DFID, GTZ, Canadian CIDA and SNV

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Nepal has several internal and external coordination mechanisms to ensure collaboration in development and humanitarian issues. Several UN inter-agency coordination mechanisms ensure complementary actions and promote the UN coherence in programme and operational matters. The key tool in its coordination efforts is the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
To become more efficient and support cost-effective coordination efforts, the UNCT has undertaken a number of initiatives including the UN House that hosts six of the agencies.

The United Nations Country Team in Nepal meets regularly and ensures UN System interventions are in line with the national need and complements with work of other development partners in the country. The UNCT comprises of:

  • 19 Resident UN funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies (FAO, IFAD, IOM, ILO, UNHABITAT, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDSS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIC, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, UNODC, WFP, WHO, UNV and UNCDF);
  • 10 Non-Resident agencies (IAEA, ITC, ITU, OHCHR, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNICTRAL, UNIDO and World Tourism Organization);
  • UN Regional Offices (UNODA-RCPD and UNICEF ROSA); and
  • International Financial Institutions (Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Bank).