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Statement delivered by Denmark at Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, Item 13: United Nations Office for Project Services, 4 June 2018 in New York

04.06.2018  19:21

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Thank you, Mr. President, for giving Denmark the floor, and thank you, Executive Director Faremo, for a very informative presentation. This Executive Board meeting and the UNOPS segment takes place against the backdrop of last week’s adoption by the General Assembly of the resolution on reform of the UN Development System.

UNOPS will play a crucial role in the vital implementation phase that we are now moving into. This is in a way a new start for us all.

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

Denmark welcomes the Executive Director’s reporting on the continued rise in demand for UNOPS’ services; and your account of UNOPS’ valuable work in fragile situations and in relation to humanitarian crises. UNOPS is an important actor in ensuring that we implement new ways of working to bring together our humanitarian, development, and peace-building efforts.

Denmark highly appreciates the work that UNOPS is doing on sustainable procurement, and on bench-marking itself against international standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative, global environmental standards and standards on occupational health and safety.

Denmark looks forward to working with UNOPS on the implementation of the new Strategic Plan for the period 2018 – 2021, and would like to encourage UNOPS to continue its focused approach; making the best possible use of its comparative advantages in cooperation with sister organizations, in order to provide collective results.

A number of issues should be taken into account in the implementation of the new Strategic plan:

• Involvement of youth as valuable agents of change in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

• The rights and the special role of women in sustainable development on the ground. On a related note, we appreciate what UNOPS is already doing to improve the gender balance within the organization and in its management.

• Denmark appreciates UNOPS’ focus on partnerships and innovation and look forward to see that further developed in the implementation of the new Strategic Plan, as a way to bring new knowledge, concepts and ways of working to the table.

The implementation of UNOPS’ new Strategic Plan must take into account the ambitions and measures prescribed for reform of the UN Development System.

Allow me to conclude with a few remarks on reform of the UN Development System. The Secretary General said at the adoption that the resolution ushers in the most ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system in decades. And he emphasized that the aim is to put in place the mechanisms to make a real difference in the lives of people.

Now is the time for us all to join forces to support the implementation, so that the UN development system may reach its full potential. Only in that way can the system provide the best possible support for Member States in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Denmark expects all parts of the UN Development System to do their part in implementing the reform, loyally and in close and constructive cooperation with sister organizations.

UNOPS is unique among the UN family of development organizations in having an operational mandate rather than a policy mandate, and in being the lead agency in joint procurement. That gives UNOPS an important role in making UN agencies working together to strengthen collaboration in the area of joint procurement and in that way ensure efficient program implementation and improved cost efficiency.

UNOPS unique role will also be vital when it comes to implementing the provisions of the new resolution in relation to common business operations, common back offices and ensuring greater efficiencies, synergies and coherence. We trust in UNOPS to do its part!

Mr. President, I would like to conclude this statement by extending Denmark’s warmest appreciation to UNOPS 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.

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