UN Development System Has Key Role in SDGs Success

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2017 - The Group of 77 has underlined the importance of the governance process of the UN Development System (UNDS) pointing out the need to strengthen transparency, accountability, and responsibility of the UNDS to member states, as well as the need to improve the working methods of the Executive Boards.

Speaking on behalf of the G77, joined by China, Ambassador Horacio Sevilla Borja, G77 chair and Permanent Representative of Ecuador, highlighted the importance of the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP)– both within the UNDS and at the country level– to bring about real progress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We continue to face increasing demands for development assistance, the effectiveness in carrying out its mandate to facilitate the necessary means of implementation, particularly in the areas of finance and capacity-building”.

Addressing the first regular session of the Executive Boards of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), he said the Group emphasizes the importance of the UNDP in supporting national efforts and the development of national capacities to achieve development goals.

“We reiterate our commitment to work for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in a balanced and integrated manner.”

He said the Group reaffirms the importance of integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, namely inclusive and sustained economic growth, protection of the environment, and social inclusion.

“The UNDP’s role in this context should be its cooperation on the achieving of the internationally-agreed development goals in the 2030 Agenda,” Ambassador Sevilla Borja said.

The new agenda for the implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) provides to the UNDP a long-term strategic guidance to adapt its work -especially the Strategic Plan 2018-2021- to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as other inter-governmentally agreed development commitments.

The QCPR requested the UNDP to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals in their strategic planning documents and their work at all levels, taking into account that the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, the Ambassador said.

“We look forward to engaging constructively in the elaboration of the next strategic plan and integrated budget, a process that should be transparent, inclusive, and consistent with the 2030 Agenda and the QCPR resolution, making sure that the final text is representative of the views of the whole membership,” he added.

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