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Statement by Denmark at the Annual Session of the UNDP UNFPA and UNOPS Board Meeting 2015

05.06.2015  00:34

Mr President, thank you for giving me the floor; and thank you Madame Administrator, for a comprehensive and informative statement on the work of UNDP. Denmark highly appreciates the work done by UNDP staff all over the world often under very difficult circumstances.

 

My delegation would like to focus on six points:

 

1. Achievements of the past year:

·        Denmark welcomes the achievements of UNDP during the past year, and notes that UNDP has done very well on quite a number of development issues, while a few still lags behind.

·        It is satisfying that good results have been reached within areas that have high priority to Denmark, such as crisis prevention and early recovery; democratic governance as a vehicle for human rights for all; and the development of integrated approaches to sustainable human development.

·        The UNDP Strategic Plan has contributed to focusing the work of UNDP, and functions well when it comes to measuring and presenting the results achieved. The new format for reporting through report cards provides an excellent overview of how far UNDP has come in reaching the objectives of the Strategic Plan.

·        Denmark looks forward to hear of the results of the midterm review of the Strategic Plan next year, and to discuss the follow-up to that review. For now it would be useful to hear more of the thinking in the UNDP on how to improve results for the planned outputs of the Strategic Plan that are still lagging behind, including the area of innovative partnerships in early recovery.

2. Funding:

·        We all know that core contributions are important for UNDP in order for the organisation to be strategic, responsive and predictable in its delivery of results at the request of programme countries. We hope that all – including new donors - step up and take part in the responsibility for addressing the continued imbalance between core- and non-core funding. The UN and UNDP also need to adapt to the changing landscape, and seek closer cooperation with new actors in financing for development. The work that UNDP is doing to attract new sources of funding, and using new and innovative modalities for this purpose is much needed, and Denmark looks forward to following progress on this.

·        When it comes to earmarked funding, it is important to explore incentives, mechanisms and funding windows that may help to facilitate a shift from restricted to more flexible non-core funds that are minimally earmarked and delivered in a predictable manner.

·        Denmark welcomes the work undertaken by UNDP to develop a public online platform for tracking results and resources. Transparency, a results-oriented approach and efficiency are of key importance to UNDP’s partners and will assist donors in making more informed funding decisions.

·        Denmark looks forward to continuing discussions on some of these issues as part of the structured dialogue on funding at the second regular session of the Executive Board in September.

3. Fit for Purpose / post-2015 agenda:

·        It is key for the UN to be able to deliver on the high expectations that will follow the adoption of the post-2015 agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals are transformative by nature, and business as usual will no longer be possible. This also applies to the UN and UNDP.

·        There is still some way to go before the UN system and UNDP can be considered fully Fit for Purpose.

·        Some important initiatives have been taken by UNDP to become Fit for Purpose. The organisational restructuring that was started last year is an example. We are all aware that is has not been an easy process, and it is now important to consolidate results as soon as possible as part of preparations for the new development agenda.

·        Delivering as One and the Standard Operating Procedures are other important initiatives that should be further scaled up in order for UN to truly speak with one voice and provide the results we need. It would be very relevant to hear more about the assessment of UNDP on the current status of the roll-out of these initiatives and on the way forward?

4. Gender issues:

·        Denmark appreciates that UNDP is taking on its role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment as an important part of sustainable development; including in areas such as jobs and livelihoods; women’s participation in decision-making and political processes; and countering gender-based violence.

·        It is important that objectives on internal allocation of resources for gender issues are also met, as well as ensuring that the relevant expertise is available at all levels for this key issue. Women are central to development, and further strengthening of the work of the UNDP in this area is needed as part of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

·        Also, funds and programmes need to cooperate on gender issues. UNDP and UN Women should for example make the best possible use of each other’s resources and expertise.

5. The role of UNDP in fragile states:

·        The largest proportion of the world’s poor and vulnerable people live in fragile and conflict affected states, and numbers are rapidly increasing. We need to focus on those living in the most fragile states. There is a need to strengthen the interconnection and synergy between crisis intervention, immediate recovery and long-term development in crisis-affected countries. The principle of ”leaving no one behind” will require that development and humanitarian actors work together to address the needs of the most vulnerable. A “UN fit for purpose” will also require better linkages between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts.

·        The three 2015 UN peace reviews underline the importance of our joint work in addressing fragility and conflict; and UNDP is a key actor in contributing to global peace and development.

·        Denmark fully supports the work UNDP and the UN Development Group is doing on Risk Management in fragile states. The approach developed is useful and practical, and we hope to see it used by all relevant UN organisations, and hope that it can in future also be used for other funding modalities than pooled funding.

6. Innovation:

·        Innovation is a priority to Denmark because of its potential to improve the way we do development. That is why we have provided funding for the UNDP innovation facility. The annual report mentions how innovation has for example contributed to ensure payment for the staff working on the ebola epidemic; and to fight corruption. Innovation is absolutely necessary as part of the new development agenda and Denmark is proud to support the important work of the UNDP innovation facility.

·        I encourage other member countries to support the innovation work done by UNDP and other UN funds and programmes.

Finally, Mr. President, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our wholehearted support for UNDP’s work. UNDP is uniquely positioned to be part of the implementation of the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and Denmark expects UNDP to play the important part that it is so well suited for.

 

 

Thank you, Mr. President.