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                                                                                       18 August 2012



                    Report on Latvia UN Country Team Retreat, 13 February 2004

On 13 February 2004, the first Latvia UN Country Team (CT) retreat was organised in Riga. The UN
CT in Latvia comprises IMF, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO Latvian National Commission, UNICEF
Latvian National Committee, the UN RC Office, WHO, the World Bank as well as an Interagency
Coordinator on Young People’s Health and Development, representing UNDP/UNICEF/UNFPA (for
a full list of participants, see Annex 2). The objectives of the retreat were to consolidate the UN CT

       By discussing the history & politics of the UN system as the rationale and background of our
        work (Part I)
       By rallying around a common thematic focus and deciding on “tactics” for 2004/5, based on
        2003 experiences and the RC work plan for 2004 (Part II)

For the full programme, please see Annex 1.

After a brief introduction by the UN Resident Coordinator Ms Gabriele Koehler, the Ambassador of
the USA to Latvia, Mr. Brian E. Carlson gave a presentation on how the US views the role, functions
and responsibilities of the UN both globally and locally. The US supports several projects and
programmes that the UN agencies in Latvia are implementing and it was very encouraging to learn of
the high appreciation the US has for the work of the UN agencies in Latvia. As the Ambassador has
long experience of representing the US Government, he shared his experiences on the importance and
difficulty of effective coordination at the global level, and he listed a series of suggestions to enhance
the UN’s transparency and efficiency. A general question and discussion ensued, including looking
into the US’s priorities in development cooperation with Latvia, and presenting our own perception of
our efficacy.

Following Mr. Carlson, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to
Turkey, Mr. Ivars Pundurs, gave an overview of Latvia’s approach to and relationship with the UN.
Mr. Pundurs also included international and local perspectives. It was interesting to note how Latvia
had made use of the UN as a forum where the country could strengthen its independence process
during the early nineties. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the main Government counterpart to
the UN agencies in Latvia, general questions were raised related to current and future activities of the
UN and the Government in Latvia on development-oriented issues. UN CT members took the
opportunity to challenge Mr. Pundurs on the Government’s position on certain topics.

Part I of the retreat was concluded by a presentation by Ms. Koehler on the UN as “a vision for
humanity, strapped into a straightjacket”. The presentation successfully recapitulated the history of
the UN and the organisation’s development efforts since its creation. It provided a background to the
work of the UN in Latvia today and for the future.

Part II, on “Challenges for 2004/2005: Visualising the UN in Latvia”, was initiated by Ms. Inita
Pauloviča, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative. In mid-2004, the Government of Latvia
requested the UNDP to prolong its programme activities in Latvia by one year, until the end of 2005.
Ms. Pauloviča gave a presentation on the proposed extension of the UNDP Country Cooperation
Framework 2001-2004 (CCF) to 2005, and on the consultations held with Government and civil
society stakeholders. As per UNDP procedures to ensure transparency and harmonization, the UN CT
consulted on and approved the extension proposal which will shortly be presented to the
UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board.

The participants split into four groups to discuss future cooperation and coordination based on current
activities and accomplishments of the UN CT. The following topics were covered:

                               Mainstreaming MDGs and the Millennium Declaration, particularly
                                the human rights and good governance dimensions
                               Advocacy and outreach strategy & priorities for 2004/5
                               The experiences of the UN agencies’ work in Latvia and avenues to
                                systematise, codify, publicise and adapt these to other country
                                settings (Latvia’s development cooperation)
                               Coordination issues: various models for coordinating the UN
                                Country Team’s joint activities

The groups were also tasked with identifying 2003’s Best Practices, Lessons Learned and focus areas
for 2004. A summary of the working groups proposals is attached as Annex 3.

The retreat was appreciated by all participants, who contributed with enthusiasm and many interesting
ideas and questions. Most participants evaluated each of the sessions as “high quality” in terms of
content, applicability to retreat purposes and presentation (summary of the 12 evaluation forms
received available on request). It came at a time precipitated by important changes for Latvia, which
will accede to the EU in May 2004, and for the UN CT, which from mid-204 will see a change in its
coordination structure. The general consensus was that such a retreat should have been held much
earlier and, hopefully, regularly in the future.




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                                        Annex 1

                           Latvia UN Country Team Retreat

                                         Programme

                               Maritim Park Hotel, Slokas iela 1
                                      13 February 2004
                                        9:00 – 17:30


9:00 – 9:30     Welcome and opening remarks on the design and objectives of the retreat:
                Gabriele Köhler, UN Resident Coordinator

9:30 – 12:30    Part I: The big picture: a history of the UN and the views of member states

9:30-10:30      Member states’ views of the UN: a candid exchange on the UN and global
                politics
                H.E. Mr. Brian E. Carlson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
                Embassy of the USA in Latvia
                Chair: Gabriele Köhler

10:30 – 10:45   Coffee Break

10:45-11:45     UN and Latvia’s cooperation
                Mr. Ivars Pundurs, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government
                of Latvia
                Chair: Gabriele Köhler

11:45- 12:30    The United Nations: a vision for humanity, strapped into a straightjacket
                Gabriele Köhler, UN Resident Coordinator
                Chair: Petter Meirik

12:30- 13:00    Discussions and implications
                Discussants: Country Team members
                Chair: Petter Meirik

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00-16:45     Part II: Challenges for 2004/2005: Visualising the UN in Latvia

14:00-14:30     UNDP Country Cooperation Framework (CCF) extension to 2005
                Presentation by Inita Pauloviča, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative
                (Programme)

14:30 – 16:45   UNCT accomplishments in 2003: MDG-related work, human rights, advocacy:
                Lessons learned, best practices and challenges for 2004/2005 (based on the Report
                2003, Work plan for 2004 and the “Vision paper”).
                Summary of agency responses to the paper and introduction to the working group(s)
                Gabriele Köhler, UN Resident Coordinator

                Working groups:

                        Mainstreaming MDGs and the Millennium Declaration, particularly human
                         rights and good governance dimensions

                        Advocacy and outreach strategy & priorities for 2004/5




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                                   The experience of the UN agencies’ work in Latvia and avenues to
                                    systematise, codify, publicise and adapt them to other country settings
                                    (Latvia’s development cooperation)

                                   Coordination issues: various models for coordinating the UN Country
                                    Team’s joint activities


15:30 – 15:45              Coffee Break

16:45 –17:30               Reporting back of working groups; wrap up of and evaluation
                           Chair: Gabriele Köhler


Background reading:


UN global agenda

Millennium Declaration and Secretary-General’s Road Map http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
Status of implementation of actions described in the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Strengthening of
the United Nations: an agenda for further change”. Report of the SG. A/58/351

Report of the SG on the work of the Organization. General Assembly. Official Records. 58th session. A/58/1

Madeleine Albright, United Nations. In : Foreign Policy, September/October 2003. pp. 16-24

The UN and Latvia

UN Country Team proposal for 2004/5 (“Vision paper”)

Draft CT Report 2003 overview and narrative (“letter) and draft CT work plan 2004

CCA 2000

CCF 2000-2004

CCF extension 2005

Sandra Kalniete, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, draft Foreign Policy Guidelines, January 2004.
www.am.gov.lv/lv/index

UN history

Jolly, Richard & Singer, H.W. (1995). The UN and Economic and Social Development: An Overview. IDS
Bulletin: 50 Years On: The UN and Economic and Social Development 26(4): 2-6.

Jolly, Richard (1995). UN Reform: Focus for Action. IDS Bulletin: 50 Years On: The UN and Economic and
Social Development 26 (4): 8-14.

Köhler, Gabriele (1995). The UN and Development Thinking: From Optimism to Agnosticism and Back Again.
IDS Bulletin: 50 Years On: The UN and Economic and Social Development 26 (4): 54-63.

Köhler, Gabriele/Gore, Charles/Reich, Utz-Peter & Ziesemer, Thomas (eds.) (1996). Questioning Development:
   Essays on the theory, policies and practices of development interventions. Marburg: Metropolis Verlag.




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                                                   Annex 2


                                   Latvia UN Country Team Retreat
                                                 Paticipants


1.   Ms Gabriele Köhler, UN Resident Coordinator
2.   Ms Vita Žunda, Office Manager, IMF Latvia Office
3.   Mr Ilmārs Mežs, Head, IOM Latvia
4.   Mr Petter Meirik, UN Coordination Analyst, RC Office
5.   Ms Ingrīda Peldekse, PIC Manager, RC Office
6.   Ms Līva Biseniece, Communications Officer, RC Office
7.   Ms Raita Jurkāne, Executive Assistant, RC Office
8.   Ms Inita Pauloviča, Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), UNDP
9.   Ms Andra Briģe, Assistant Resident Representative (Operations), UNDP
10. Ms. Daiga Holma, Programme Officer, UNDP
11. Ms Ilze Jēkabsone, Interagency Coordinator on Young People’s Health and Development,
    UNDP/UNICEF/UNFPA
12. Ms Dace Neiburga, Secretary-General, UNESCO LNC
13. Mr Rolands Ozols, Deputy Secretary-General, UNESCO LNC
14. Ms Ilze Doškina, Executive Director, UNICEF LNC
15. Ms Kristīne Liepiņa, Advocacy/ Communications Assistant, UNICEF LNC
16. Ms Inguna Dobrāja, Chief of Mission, the WB Latvia Office
17. Mr Toms Baumanis, Communications Officer, the WB Latvia Office
18. Ms Aiga Rūrāne, Liaison Officer, WHO Liaison Office in Latvia




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                                                 Annex 3

                                  Latvia UN Country Team Retreat

                           Consolidated summary of working groups’ proposals
                             Based on presentations and best practice sheets


             Area                                                 Agenda
Country Team cohesion &               Purpose
synergies                        Make the existence of the CT and its functions more visible, and better
as part of common outreach       understood by public
initiatives
                                 - Prepare a UN CT brochure by themes and/or audiences (young people
                                 generally; schools; civil society; municipalities; government; etc)
                                 (hardcopy and web)
                                 - Make annual CT (RC) Report available to public in easy to read format
                                 - Calendar: revisit to ensure all topics and opportunities covered, adding
                                 UN GA and international conferences on relevant themes
                                 - Start preparing work plan for UN week
Mainstreaming the                     Purpose
Millennium Declaration and       Advocate UN values, find synergies & cooperation opportunities,
the MDGs both in programme       enhance sustainability, ensure information flows
and outreach activities
                                 - Organise inter-agency thematic (virtual, email based?) meetings at the
                                 “working level” including – using the example of the small grants
                                 programme – around themes such as (obvious agencies in brackets,
                                 others to be added):
                                 - human rights/good governance/tolerance/integration/ migration
                                     (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF (right of child), IOM);
                                 - poverty (UNDP, World Bank);
                                 - MDGs on education & health and family and child issues (WHO,
                                     UNICEF, UNESCO, IAC, World Bank);
                                 -    Environment (UNDP, UNESCO)
                                 - gender (UNDP);
                                 - knowledge economy/society (World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP);
                                 - development cooperation (UNDP with all);
                                 - civil society (all);
                                 - municipal level development (World Bank and UNDP);
                                 - Millennium Declaration and MDG Report explicitly (all - theme
                                     group already exists);
                                 - UN sustainability (tbd)
Non-resident UN agencies              Purpose
                                 Find synergies & cooperation opportunities, enhance sustainability,
                                 ensure information flows with non-resident UN agencies

                                 - Explore synergies with the non-resident UN agencies around common
                                 themes such as human rights/good
                                 governance/tolerance/integration/migration; poverty; education &
                                 health; MDGs; environment; gender; knowledge economy/society;
                                 development cooperation; civil society; and the Millennium Declaration
                                 and MDG Report explicitly, using flagship reports and international
                                 days as “instrument”
Development cooperation               Purpose
                                 Include CT on development cooperation project using in-house and
                                 counterparts’ expertise

                                 - Organise a briefing session with the MFA Development Cooperation
                                 Division and the UN CT (suggest UN expertise for consultancies/inputs)


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UN in Latvia                Purpose
Latvia in UN            Discuss inputs from CT on the “Latvia in UN” project and more
                        generally on Latvia’s UN engagement

                        - Organise a briefing session on “Latvia in UN” project for the UN CT
Sustainability issues       Purpose
                        Update Sustainability Report to UNDGO

                        - Explore full range of options for RC replacement, giving consideration
                        to practicality (resident and non-resident modalities) and to fairness
                        (equal status of agencies)
UN House                Purpose
                        Prepare long-term strategic proposal on UN House; update report to
                        UNDGO, prepare discussions with Government

                        - UN House including House, PIC, website and common services -
                        Explore full range of options and funding scenarios, including examples
                        from other countries




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                                     Annex 4

                        Latvia UN Country Team Retreat

                       Composition of the working groups


1. Mainstreaming and using MDGs, the Millennium Declaration, particularly human rights
   and good governance dimensions

   Participants:
   Mr Petter Meirik, Ms Ilze Jēkabsone, Mr Rolands Ozols

2. Advocacy and outreach strategy & priorities for 2004/5

   Participants:
   Ms Līva Biseniece, Ms Ingrīda Peldekse, Ms Vita Žunda, Mr Toms Baumanis, Ms
   Kristīne Liepiņa

3. The experience of the UN agencies’ work in Latvia and avenues to systematise, codify,
   publicise and adapt them to other country settings (Latvia’s development cooperation)

   Participants:
   Ms Gabriele Köhler, Ms Inita Pauloviča, Ms Daiga Holma, Mr Ilmārs Mežs

4. Coordination issues: various models for coordinating the UN Country Team’s joint
   activities

   Participants:
   Ms Aiga Rūrāne, Ms Dace Neiburga, Ms Ilze Doškina, Ms Andra Briģe, Ms Raita
   Jurkāne




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