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Statement by Denmark, on UNOPS Annual report of the Executive Director, at Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, 7 June 2017 in New York

22.06.2017  00:36

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Thank you, Mr. President, for giving Denmark the floor, and thank you, Executive Director Faremo, for a very informative presentation of the work and results of UN-OPS for the past year.

UN-OPS’ work is vital for the ability of the whole UN system to deliver on the ground; and Denmark is honored to host UN-OPS in UN City in Copenhagen. We highly appreciate our constructive cooperation with Executive Director Faremo and the UN-OPS staff.

A central element in the reforms of the UN development system is to ensure complementarity among the UN agencies. UN-OPS is an organization that has an operational mandate rather than a policy mandate. It also has a special role to play as a lead agency in joint procurement, and UN-OPS together with the other UN agencies should continue to strengthen collaboration in this area. This is essential in order to contribute to efficient program implementation and improved cost efficiency.

We welcome the work that UN-OPS is doing on sustainable procurement, and on bench-marking itself against international standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative.

Denmark appreciates the briefings already provided by UN-OPS on the new Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2021, and we look forward to the dialogue in months to come on the first drafts of the plan.

The plan should be focused, aligned with the 2030 Agenda, the reform-agenda of the Secretary General, and the guidelines provided through the QCPR-resolution.

It should set the strategic direction for the years to come: What to do, what not to do, and how to work with other UN-agencies.

The Strategic Plan should help ensure that UN-OPS is a results-based, innovative, learning organization that is part of the collaboration and coordination among the members of the UN family, based on country priorities.

Some other issues that should be part of the Strategic Plan are:

Involvement of youth as valuable agents of change and as a key part of the solution if we are to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. UN-OPS contributes to that for example through its “Possibilities Portal” that is among other things aimed at youth-owned companies.

We must recognize the rights and the special role of women in sustainable development - as agents of change. The Strategic Plan should keep UN-OPS to the objective of improving results in this area, not least when it comes to involvement of women as actors in fragile contexts.

It is vital that we work to bridge the humanitarian-development-peace divide. UN-OPS has an important role to play in this.

UN-OPS must do its part in making the UN family deliver on the pledge to provide collective outcomes - the pledge to new ways of working. On the ground it is crucial to have coordinated and integrated action between all UN agencies to address the needs of the most vulnerable.

Denmark appreciates UN-OPS’ focus on partnerships and innovation and would like to see that continued in the new Strategic Plan. This will be useful in bringing new knowledge, thinking, concepts and ways of working to the table.

Mr. President, I would like to conclude this statement by extending a warm ‘thank you’ to UN-OPS Staff around the world. You deliver results often in very challenging environments and under difficult circumstances. Your work is highly appreciated.

Thank you, Mr. President.