Mr. Denny Abdi
First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations
First regular session 2012
Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS
New York, 3 February 2012
Members of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS,
Executive Director of UNOPS,
I would like to thank the Executive Director of UNOPS for updating the Board on recent developments and activities that have been undertaken by UNOPS.
Indonesiaattaches importance to the objectives of UN reform to enhance transparency, and accountability through the improvement of its financial management practices.
In this respect, we note that through resolution GA 60/283, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) replaced the United Nations System Accounting Standards (UNSAS).
Following the spirit of that resolution, the Executive Board approved to align UNOPS’ financial regulations and rules with IPSAS, in February of 2009.
I am pleased to note that UNOPS has synchronized its IPSAS implementation date with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in January 2012.
Ultimately, the comprehensive revision of the UNOPS financial regulations and rules should aim to reinforce its core strength, which is as a central resource for the United Nations system in procurement, and contracts management.
Based on its workplan for 2010-2013, we urge that UNOPS continue to enhance its efforts to meet the four high-level goals in the areas of rebuilding peace and security after conflict; natural disasters; the local economy and social services; environmental sustainability and adaptation to climate change.
Furthermore, I would like to refer to the joint report by the Administrator and Executive Directors of UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS for the 2012 substantive session of ECOSOC (E/2012/5). On page 5, paragraph 10 of the report, heads of the three agencies highlighted the issue of measuring the impact of UN operational activities on capacity development towards the achievement of national development goals and strategies. The report further highlighted the challenges UNOPS’ faces in the long term to evaluate the outcomes of the implemented projects since that is normally performed by its partners. It would be constructive for future discussions to see what could be done to address this challenge.
The continued commitment by UNOPS to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operational activities is an important factor in making the United Nations an organization fit for the demands of the 21st century.
Finally, I would like close with a question for the Executive Director on the determination of its goals. Until 2013, UNOPS has four high level goals. I would like to have a better understanding on how the goals are determined and how they would be achieved?
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