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The UN, through its field presence and from headquarters, has been providing assistance to constitution-making processes in a number of countries, including in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Kosovo and Nepal. In an effort to strengthen system-wide information sharing, coordination, and partnership in the area of constitutional assistance, DPA, DPKO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women created an internal coordination structure dedicated to making UN constitutional support to Member States more effective and efficient. To this end, DPA and UNDP conducted joint constitutional assistance missions to Libya, Sierra Leone, and Somalia in 2013. Additionally, the six UN entities have undertaken several joint initiatives to improve the quality of UN constitutional assistance and better share knowledge and lessons. “The UN Constitutional” is one manifestation of our collective desire to raise awareness around the UN of constitutional issues and themes, share information, and strengthen the provision of constitutional assistance. It is also a testament to the depth and breadth of constitutional support provided by UN Missions and Country Teams. This issue contains topical articles by constitutional experts, a Q&A with Fink Haysom, the UN deputy chief in Afghanistan, reports from the field, and a digest of recent constitutions-related publications.

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