Statement at the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Annual session 2011 (UNDP segment)
I would like to thank Madam Administrator for the comprehensive and passionate overview of the Mid-Term Review process and the change agenda of UNDP.
The Agenda for Change launched by the Administrator is indeed a challenge. Estonia commends the vision that UNDP must become a world class knowledge-based organization that helps countries achieve transformational change. It is our common goal to contribute to changing the organization from good to great. In connection to the ambitious structural changes and the upcoming new strategic plan, the strive for efficiency and the needs of partner countries must remain a priority. UNDP is among the world leading development agencies, but as we are living in challenging world of rapidly changing environments – the key word to efficiency and effectiveness for the UNDP should be flexibility. We urge the goals of UNDP to be targeted, to have clear focus of its activities with realistic timeframes and risk assessments, more balance between planning and implementation, between activities and results.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls has been one of the priorities of Estonia’s development and human rights related activities. Therefore I am glad that UNDP has a leading role in integrating gender equality into the global dialogue on climate change and other environmental issues. Estonia commends how the UNDP and other agencies are striving towards the division of labor in this area, in connection with the establishment of UN Women. The coordination between UN agencies active in gender issues is a priority to achieve the efficiency and avoid duplication.
We note the recent increased focus by UNDP on the discussion around middle income countries. Eastern neighborhood of the European Union, mainly comprised of middle income countries, is the priority development area for Estonia. UNDP has pointed out that the Eastern European MICs need specifically targeted programs to support state building, reform processes, as well as democracy and rule of law. Estonia has supported UNDP projects over the years in the region of East Europe and we are ready to continue the cooperation also in the future, mostly through the recently established Eastern Partnership Center in Tallinn.
We were happy to hear Madam Administrator mention the importance of the Delivering as One process. Estonia is looking forward to the results of the independent evaluation. This will make a critical input to the comprehensive review next year.
Estonia has supported UNDP as a donor since 2000 and is committed to continue our contributions to UNDP activities via increased annual core funding.