Estonian statement at the UNICEF Executive Board Second Regular Session 2013 "UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2014-2017. Realizing the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged"
President, Mr Executive Director, distinguished delegates,
would like to thank the Executive Director Mr. Anthony Lake for his inspiring
statement earlier today, the very comprehensive overview of the recent progress
and achievements in UNICEF and the vision for future. I would also like to
thank the Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta and Director Jeffrey
O´Malley for their presentation of the Strategic Plan, 2014-2017.
me also take this opportunity to recognize the good work and dedication of
UNICEF’s field staff, especially those working in extremely dangerous
environments, who struggle every
day to reach children and families in need and to deliver life-saving supplies
and services, often risking their own lives. We would particularly like to
thank UNICEF staff working within Syria and in neighboring countries.
appreciate the overview given by the Executive director earlier today about how
UNICEF is planning to position itself in the post-2015 framework, placing the children
and equity in the centre, including through the new Strategic Plan and
integrated budget. Extensive work effort has been put into the development of
the Strategic Plan, 2014-17. Estonia fully endorses all seven prioritized
outcomes of the Strategic Plan, we would especially highlight child protection and
education. We would also like to state our appreciation to the changes that
have been made to the Strategy since last board meeting:
1) We commend the
strengthening of the narrative regarding gender equality, as an increased focus
on equal values, rights and possibilities for all positively affects both girls and boys by contributing to
advancing development. As it is generally acknowledged
that armed conflict has a disproportionately large effect on women and
children, the focus on gender equality is of particular importance given
the current critical development of the humanitarian situation in Syria.
2) We applaud the
strengthened emphasis on humanitarian action. The enhanced focus on the linkage
between humanitarian and development assistance is highly valued by Estonia, as
we are certain this focus contributes to build resilience for the most
disadvantaged in situations of crisis.
We welcome the alterations made to the strategy in terms of reporting, where
the achieved results are measured against QCPR recommendations. Furthermore we
appreciate the emphasis on cross-sectoral synergies. These changes indicate a
strengthened level of cooperation between different UN agencies, and will
contribute to saving costs on management and operations throughout the UN
system. Estonia believes that the continued focus on Delivering as One will
result in further improvement for collective action and strengthening of the
We are now looking
forward to hear more about how UNICEF is planning to implement the new
Strategic plan and urge UNICEF to be ambitious.
To conclude, I would
like to confirm Estonia’s commitment to support UNICEF’s activities also in the
future with increased contributions to UNICEF’s core budget.