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Task Force on Country-Level Coordination

The Task Force on Country-level Coherence and Coordination was established in 2007 to explicitly address how UN-Water operates at the country level. This decision was in line with the recommendations made in the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on system-wide Coherence: "Delivering as One".


The Task Force focuses on country-level coherence and coordination with an emphasis on both water resources management and provision of water supply and sanitation services. Its primary objective is to improve and scale up delivery of coordinated UN actions in the area of water so that they have a greater impact and contribute directly to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals and the World Summit on Sustainable Development targets.


The Task Force is currently finalizing a comprehensive assessment of water-related activities in the eight pilot countries participating in the "Delivering as One" initiative: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam.

The assessment identifies the UN agencies present in each country and the water-related programmes and projects that are underway. The mapping report reviews how UN organizations are interacting with each other and with non-UN players in the water sector. It also reviews the co-ordination mechanisms that are in place in these countries, such as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), poverty reduction strategies, national development strategies and provides an overview of the major players and donors active in the water sector. The mapping exercise will provide a clear picture of the views different stakeholders, including UN organizations, donors, non-governmental organizations and national institutions, have toward improving coordination in the water sector in each country.

Based on this assessment, the Task Force will develop a strategy to deliver coordinated responses to meet the water resources management, water supply and sanitation goals at the country-level. The Task Force will promote the implementation of this strategy through internal UN mechanisms, such as the UN Development Group.

Coordinating organization and contacts


Joakim Harlin
Senior water resources advisor with the UNDP
United Nations Development Programme



Core Members:

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) · United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) · United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) - Division for Sustainable Development · Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) · United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Consultative Members:

World Bank · World Health Organization (WHO) · World Meteorological Organization (WMO) · UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) · United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015 (UNO-IDfA) · World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) · United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) · United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) · Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Last update:07 Oct 2014