UN in Egypt

Egypt is one of the 50 founding members of the United Nations and has a long tradition of engagement and cooperation with the UN since its creation in 1945, its main bodies, the Specialized Agencies as well as its Funds and Programs. Ever since, the United Nations’ relationship with Egypt has grown stronger. Today, 24 resident and non-resident UN agencies, employing hundreds of staff, across all disciplines, compose Egypt’s United Nations’ family.

The United Nations in Egypt is committed to ensure a high quality of life for all women, men, boys and girls living in Egypt by developing national capacity and building strong partnerships with the Government, civil society, the private sector, academia, think tanks, media and other national and international development partners.

The United Nations in Egypt advocates for change and provides evidence-based policy and direct support that promotes human rights, justice, equity and prosperity within a sustainable environment.
The UN Country Team (UNCT) members coordinate the delivery of their programs with the Egyptian counterparts and each other under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator.

The UN works towards leaving no-one behind in its operations and aims to improve the quality of life for all living in Egypt by partnering with national and international counterparts in achieving this. The UN provides technical capacity, a global dimension to its operations and the promotion of development effectiveness.

Following the previous agreement between the UN and the Government of Egypt, the United Nations Assistance Development Framework (2013-2017), the UN and the Government of Egypt have signed a partnership agreement, the United Nations Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF) that covers the five-year period of 2018-2022. The UNPDF was formulated in a highly consultative process and so it directly aligns to the national Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt’s Vision 2030 (SDS), which is also aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 global goals that aims for the guarantee of quality education for all, achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, ensuring decent work and job growth, among many others. The global goals call for whole-of-society approach, through the participation of all factions of society, holding all accountable to achieving them. The UNPDF, through its alignment to the SDS and SDGs, aims to work hand-in-hand with the GoE in achieving the following four outcomes, a) Inclusive Economic Development, b) Social Justice, c) Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management and d) Women’s Empowerment.

The UN System in Egypt also includes 10 regional offices of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes.









Scope of Work

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)In Egypt, IFAD loans support settlement of land reclaimed from the desert in Lower (northern) Egypt and support for productivity improvements in the old lands in the Nile valley and Upper Egypt.
International Telecommunication Unit (ITU)The ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)FAO support to Egypt is focused on four key areas: Agricultural information generation, sharing and dissemination; Improving productivity and efficiency in the agricultural sector; Sustaining rural community development; Conserving natural resources and adapting to impacts of climate change.
The International Labor Organization (ILO)ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)IOM Egypt’s overall strategic objective is to support the Government of Egypt and relevant actors to govern migration to effectively maximize its positive impact while minimizing its potential costs on all migrants and society.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)UNAIDS is working towards stopping new HIV infections, ensuring that everyone living with HIV has access to HIV treatment, protecting human rights and producing data for decision making.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)UNDP in Egypt focuses on:

a)      Sustainable development;

b)      Democratic governance and peacebuilding;

c)      Climate and disaster resilience;

d)      Gender equality, and;

e)      Development impact – innovation for development.

United Nations Environment (UN ENVIRONMENT) UN ENVIRONMENT’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)UNFPA works towards achieving three transformative results:

1)      Ending unmet need for family planning;

2)      Ending preventable maternal death;

3)      Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The overall goal of its 2018-2022 programme in Egypt is to reduce fertility rates from 3.5 to 3.2 by scaling up family planning programmes in Egypt, focusing on strategies tailored for young people, particularly young women and adolescent girls.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to eventually return home, integrate or resettle.
United Nations Information Center (UNIC)UNIC links the UN with people around the world, disseminating global UN messages to local audiences. The Centres serve as a reliable source of up-to-date information about the UN, delivering information in their respective countries.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)UNICEF’s work in Egypt is focused on promoting sustainable development with multidimensional equity for children, embodying the fair chance for every child principle. 
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)UNIDO has been supporting Egypt to achieve social and economic growth through the promotion of industrial development for employment generation and environmental sustainability. 
United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)UNDSS provides professional safety & security services to enable the United Nations to deliver its programmes globally.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)UNRWA human development and humanitarian services encompass primary and vocational education, primary health care, relief and social services, infrastructure and camp improvement, microfinance and emergency response, including in situations of armed conflict.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)The UNV programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
World Food Programme (WFP)The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
World Health Organization (WHO)WHO’s areas of work are health system, communicable and non-communicable diseases, promoting health through the life-course, preparedness, surveillance and response, and corporate services.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention.
World Bank GroupThe World Bank Group’s current engagement with Egypt is guided by the Egypt Country Partnership Framework 2015-19 and focuses on enhancing governance, creating private sector jobs and promoting social inclusion.
Universal Postal Union (UPU)The UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.