Since its inception, the United Nations system and Guatemala have had a very close relationship; Guatemala is one of the 51 states that founded the UN. Since then, the United Nations family in Guatemala has collaborated with the Guatemalan State, including a strong bond with civil society organizations, as well as other organized sectors, to achieve sustainable development and national peace. Today there are 20 agencies, funds, programs, and specialized agencies that as a country team work to escort national efforts to leave no one behind.


Expected accomplishments of the United Nations system in Guatemala


Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Updating municipal development plans, including economic opportunity initiatives and implementing productive linkages.


Social Development

Community-based communication work was developed to raise awareness among women on the importance of the 1,000-day window interventions, including exclusive breastfeeding and the need to work on complementary feeding.


A society that is safe and free of violence.

The design of the Municipal Policy and Plan for the Comprehensive Development of Women during their life cycle was included.


Justice for all people.

Public Prosecutors from the Public Prosecutor’s Office were strengthened on the use of the protocol and due diligence, and on comprehensive care to victims and witnesses of national application, oriented to approaches differentiated by type of crime, age status, gender, sex, handicap, sexual diversity, and cultural and territorial relevance


Multicultural and diverse society.

Capacities of indigenous organizations, institutions, and authorities to address agrarian and social conflict in the forest and forest sectors were strengthened, in which framework, dialogues and partnership building were kept with the Comisión Interinstitucional Ixil - Ixil Interinstitutional Commission, comprised by nine organizations.


Attention to migrants.

Strong support was provided to the civil society, activating the clusters relevant to each case, mainly the protection cluster. This ensured humanitarian assistance, protection, and human rights.

UN Programming Framework with Guatemala 2020 -2025