UN Integration/Working in Mission Context

As per a decision of the Secretary-General, integration is the guiding principle governing interaction within the UN system for all conflict and post-conflict situations where the UN has a Country Team and a multi-dimensional peacekeeping operation or political mission/office. Integration is a strategic partnership, a way of working together, and does not connote a specific structural arrangement. The overall objective of an integrated approach is to maximize the individual and collective impact of the UN's response, concentrating on those activities required to consolidate peace. It requires a coherent and mutually supportive approach among all components of a UN peacekeeping or political mission and a UN Country Team on issues related to peace consolidation.

Country arrangements should reflect the specific requirements and circumstances and can take different forms. The principle of 'form follows function' should always apply. In all cases, integrated UN presences should have a shared analytical and planning capacity, as well as an integrated strategic framework that sets out a joint set of results, timelines and responsibilities for tasks critical to consolidating peace. Integration arrangements should take full account of recognized humanitarian principles, allow for the protection of humanitarian space, and facilitate effective humanitarian coordination with all humanitarian actors.

UNICEF has an important role to play in the context of integrated presences in ensuring that the strategy, objectives and programmes of the entire UN system are working to the maximum benefit of children. By leveraging all parts of the UN system, UNICEF is better positioned to help ensure that children's and women's rights are realized in times of conflict, that their interests are fully taken into account during peace processes, and that early peace dividends benefit children and women directly.