Statement by Ambassador Tiina Intelmann in informal consultations on the System Wide Coherence report
First of all let me congratulate our distinguished Co-Chairs Ambassador Christopher Hackett of Barbados and Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit of Luxemburg on their appointment. We wish you courage and success in your work. We have also listened very carefully to the pragmatic approach that you have proposed and we support it.
Estonia welcomes the goals emphasized in the High Level Panel report to make the UN system more results-based, efficient and accountable - in other words to make the UN workable in the globalized environment and in addressing the worlds pressing development needs. In this respect we view the whole process that we in a way start today as very much geared towards solid results. We hope that these results will be achieved in a foreseeable future.
The ambassador of Germany who took the floor earlier has spoken also on behalf of Estonia. I will therefore limit my comments to two issues.
First: humanitarian assistance.
In many fields the recommendations of the HLPanel Report are clearly based on the ongoing reform processes mandated by the member states in the Summit Outcome Document or other agreements at the intergovernmental level. Humanitarian assistance is a very good example of this. Most suggestions of the Panel are already to a certain degree addressed in the resolutions of the ECOSOC and the GA. This year’s SG’s report on “Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN” already describes first results of these reform initiatives. Consequently, this process should continue on its well-established path. There is no need for duplication.
Second: gender architecture.
There are issues in the Panel recommendations that are new and would need a serious and focused discussion. One of them is certainly the proposed new gender architecture. The HLP has made useful suggestions and we have to admit that we, the Member States, have been inactive for too long. As Member States, we have repeatedly reaffirmed - including at the World Summit - our commitment to gender equality and confirmed the importance of gender mainstreaming as a tool to achieve it. There is an urgent need, but now also an opportunity, to consolidate and strengthen the current UN structures to address the existing gaps in mainstreaming the gender perspective in UN activities. The Secretary-General and the UN system- that means concrete people, who work with these issues on a day-to-day – basis, are waiting for our clear and prompt guidance on how to take this process forward to mobilize forces for change at the global level and inspire enhanced results at the country level. We therefore hope that under the able leadership of our distinguished Co-Chairs we will be able to move ahead in discussing the proposal on gender architecture and to arriving to a swift decision.