The United Nations in Cameroon

The United Nations system in Cameroon is led by a team whose leadership is based on mutual accountability towards the UN's results in the country. The coordination function is strengthened and overseen by the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development operations. 

The UN Country Team works together, based on a "Delivering as One" approach, customized to respond more effectively to Cameroon's development priorities and humanitarian needs, as mandated by the United Nations. Currently the UN system in Cameroon is made up of 22 Agencies, Funds, Resident and Non-resident programs.

To improve teamwork, joint programs have been implemented in the northern and eastern regions of the country.  These programs have been developed by Result Groups, in partnership with the concerned public administrations. They provide an opportunity for UN agencies to pool their expertise based on their comparative advantage to contribute to national development priorities and strategies jointly. The identification of these programs has been made by the country team in collaboration with national implementing partners based on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2018-2020.

Four joint programs have thus been identified and will be implemented for the period 2018-2020:

  • The Joint Program on Food Security
  • The Joint Program on Revitalizing Economies by Young People and Women
  • The Joint Health and Nutrition Program
  • The Joint Program on Resilience.

In addition to these programs, activities will also be implemented during this period, based on joint work plans.

United Nations Resident Coordinator for Cameroon, accompanied by young students during an SDG open day.

Key achievements

  1. The United Nations is providing support to the Cameroonian government by empowering women and young people through initiatives leading to increased and decent employment opportunities, reduced inequalities, as well as combatting violence against women, young people, and children. 
  2. The United Nations is supporting the State of Cameroon by improving access to and use of health services for people in the most vulnerable areas. These include reproductive health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases, including the prevention and management of malnutrition.
  3. Improved access to quality education and vocational training, especially for vulnerable groups, including quality inclusive education for children and young people, girls in particular. Increased and equitable access to professional training and learning opportunities.
  4. The UN in Cameroon is further working in the area of resilience, early recovery, and food security through the strengthening of vulnerable groups. The UN is working to reduce the proportion of people affected by economic, social, and environmental disasters, and facilitates increased and equitable access to adequate food.
  5. The UN is accompanying the Cameroonian government, civil society organizations, private actors, and development partners in the design and implementation of activities conducive to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Cameroon.
  6. The United Nations in Cameroon supports the protection of the environment by raising awareness of the environmental damage of plastic waste. Support is provided to organizations that recycle plastic waste

The Sustainable Development Goals in Cameroon

The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. These are the goals the UN is working on in Cameroon: