A statement by H.E. Mr. Jouni Laaksonen at the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, Annual Session 2016 UNDP segment, Agenda Item 2 and 3 on 8th of June 2016
Administrator Helen Clark, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Finland would like to thank the Administrator for the Midterm review of the UNDP Strategic Plan, 2014-2017, including the annual report of the Administrator for 2015, and for the Midterm review of the integrated budget, 2014-2017.
Finland welcomes the progress achieved on sustainable development pathways, on inclusive and effective democratic governance, and on resilience-building. The numbers presented in the midterm review are good achievements in our crises-driven world. We acknowledge that UNDP has made solid progress in delivering on its commitments in the strategic plan, and we are pleased to take note of the UNDP’s assessment that a significant thematic shift in the Strategic Plan will not be necessary at this time.
When it comes to the milestones of the midterm review, they have largely been met or exceeded in the context of outcomes 5. and 6. on reducing the likelihood of conflict and supporting the early recovery in post-conflict settings. UNDP has an important role to play in fragile situations, an example being the New Deal Implementation Support Facility.
Successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity for the UN development system to confirm its continued added value. Finland is a keen advocate of the UN development system reform and a supporter of a strong, better coordinated, more effective and efficient UN development system (UNDS), with a focus on the areas, where the system is best qualified to perform and has established a clear comparative advantage. In our view, UNDP is leading the way in ensuring that the UNDS is ready to meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities the 2030 Agenda provides. We also acknowledge the update prepared on UNDP’s progress in the implementation of the QCPR mandates.
We welcome the UNDP stewardship in assisting countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and also in strengthening the coherence of the UN at the country level, especially in fragile situations. The Resident Coordinator system can be further strengthened in supporting countries in the SDG implementation, and RCs could represent the entire system even better.
Finland encourages UNDP to continue to shift towards more gender-transformative interventions to ensure that women are not just beneficiaries but agents of change, like UNDP has expressed it. Although gender mainstreaming is not one of the protected areas of the programmatic component, sufficient resources are vital for this function.
Moreover, we encourage continued efforts towards strengthened results based management, monitoring, oversight and evaluation. Finland appreciates UNDP’s professional evaluation function and gives its full support to the Independent Evaluation Office.
To conclude, I would like to express, Finland’s continuing support to the work of the UNDP.