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Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on Agenda item 3: Adoption of the provisional annotated agenda, timetable and organization of work, at 1st regular session of the UNICEF Executive Board, 6 February 2018 in New York

07.02.2018  02:20

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Thank you, Mr. President, for giving me the floor.

Denmark aligns itself with the statement delivered by Germany on behalf of the WEOG group.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Henrietta Fore on her appointment as the new Executive Director of UNICEF.

We look forward to working with you in this very important year of starting the implementation of the new Strategic Plan as well as the work on the United Nations reforms.

Personally, I had the privilege of working with Ms. Fore earlier in a previous capacity and I am confident that with you at the helm of the organization, UNICEF will continue to strengthen its critical role in promoting and protecting children’s rights.

Your leadership and UNICEF’s leadership on this agenda is crucial at a time where our ambitions of securing the wellbeing of every child are severely challenged by conflicts and crises.

Denmark is a strong supporter of UNICEF and we look forward to working closely with you to ensure that every child is able to attain their full potential.

We welcome your statement and not least your emphasis on partnerships and involving the private sector in innovation. I would also like to echo and underline the focus on youth as a very important element of UNICEF’s work.

Furthermore, there are a few other issues that I would like to highlight: 

Firstly, the Secretary-General’s reform has been mentioned by a number of Member States. Let me underline that this is not just a question of finding joint programmes to work on with the other organisations - it is really a question of making sure that the whole of the UN supports individual countries through more coherent collaboration and coordination within the UN system.

We strongly support the Secretary-General’s proposals and we look forward to working with UNICEF and other Funds and Programmes in realising these ambitions.

Secondly, the humanitarian-development nexus is a key priority for Denmark. The dual mandate of UNICEF places the organisation as a central actor in ensuring coherence of humanitarian and development interventions on the ground, while – and that’s important - respecting the humanitarian principles. We look forward to discussions on this topic this afternoon.

It is crucial that UNICEF focus on strengthening the interlinkages between development and humanitarian action with the overall purpose of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this context, we would like UNICEF to provide more information and concrete examples on how UNICEF works to achieve the commitments in relation to the World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain.

Thirdly, we welcome the continued focus on innovation and the impressive results by UNICEF in this respect. Denmark has been a strong contributor to the UNICEF Innovation Fund and will continue to support the Fund. This is risk-willing capital but we need to find new ways of being even more effective in reaching out to the children. And again, I would like to welcome the points made by Ms. Fore on involving the private sector in this work.

Finally, I would like to underline that the promotion of human rights and gender equality are key priorities for Denmark’s development cooperation and our humanitarian work. We look forward to continue working with UNICEF in applying a human-rights based approach to development. In this respect, we find it important that UNICEF continue to focus on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. 

Let me conclude by expressing Denmark’s gratitude to UNICEF staff around the world as well as reaffirm our strong support for UNICEF. Your work for the world’s children and their rights is highly valued.

Thank you, Mr. President.