H.E. Ambassador Yusra Khan
Vice President of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS
At the 2nd Regular Session of the Executive Board (UNFPA Segment)
New York, 4 September 2012
It gives me great pleasure to express my appreciation for the very comprehensive statement made by the Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.
The changing nature and landscape of development cooperation requires a UN system that is able to respond to development needs in the most effective and efficient way and is able to deliver well-targeted and tangible results as well.
We have been witnessing agencies, funds and programmes within the UN system, including the UNFPA, continuously making efforts to strengthen their capacity and resources, improve their effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services and also increase their accountability. Most importantly, they seek to maintain their relevance as development actors by responding better to the needs of countries.
As we prepare to review the QCPR process, we wish to express our support for the UNFPA’s commitment to maintaining its relevance, improving its effectiveness and increasing its accountability as well as transparency. In this regard, we welcome the significant progress made thus far, among others, to place greater emphasis on country programmes and the work of the regional offices; to improve communications within the organization and with external stakeholders; to invest more in staff training and management; to streamline budgeting and reporting; and to foster increased collaboration among divisions at UNFPA headquarters and with regional and country offices.
Evaluation is the key for the Fund’s success in programme implementation and future programming. We appreciate that country offices have complied with the regulation to submit annual or end-of-cycle evaluations. However, as indicated in the biennial report on evaluation (document number DP/FPA/2012/8), the evaluation reports submitted by country offices for the year 2010-2011 have not met the Board’s expectation of good-quality evaluation.
Qualified evaluation, which is based on evidence and results, enables the Fund to provide effective and efficient delivery services. The quality of those evaluations must be aligned with international norms and standards. The establishment of the Evaluation Branch must therefore aim at strengthening the evaluation capacities of country offices.
It is also important to enhance the coherence and effective linkages of all evaluation activities between the Division of Oversight Services, the Programme Division and the Technical Division to allow for better evaluation with quality assurance and the use of suitable methodologies.
Apart from improving evaluation activities, the Fund must also take additional steps to increase transparency and accountability with regard to planning, reporting and the availability of evaluation reports for the Executive Board, national stakeholders and the public.
UNFPA is a leading partner in satisfyingthe right of every woman, man and child to a better quality life with equal opportunities to keep improving themselves. It is therefore impossible to disengage the work of the Fund from global and national efforts intended to shape the future we want. Accordingly, the work of the Fund must be aimed at promoting sustainable development and contributing substantially to the discourse on the post-2015 development agenda.
Putting people at the centre of development is the overriding principle of sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda. As the world population reaches 7 billion, it will require greater effort to ensure equity and opportunities, particularly for women, children and young people. In order to achieve this goal, the work of the Fund must focus on efforts to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child-birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
In this regard, promoting universal access to reproductive health and family planning should remain a priority for the UNFPA in the years ahead. Ensuring access to family planning and reproductive health care, especially for millions of women in the developing countries, will improve women’s health generally and contribute to efforts to reduce child mortality.
The Fund must also continue investing in young people -- in their health, in their education and in providing them with opportunities for decent employment. Such investments should aim to empower young people to be advocates for sustainable development. Although young people constitute forty-three percent of the world’s population, yet progress in addressing issues affecting them has been very slow.
At this point, let me take this opportunity to inform all members that the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum will be held in Bali, Indonesia, 4 - 6 December 2012. This Forum will address issues and challenges faced by young people in realizing their potential. Through partnership between the relevant UN agencies, young people themselves, civil society and the private sector, the Global Forum will strive to transform the participatory goals of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development into a sustainable youth advocacy movement. I sincerely hope that all members will send youth delegations to this Forum.
Allow me to conclude, Mr. President, by offering congratulations to the Government of the United Kingdom for their success in convening the London Summit on family planning. I am confident that the commitment made by all delegates and participants will contribute significantly to efforts to save women and girls from unsafe pregnancies in particular and to promote women’s health worldwide through family planning.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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