AMBASSADOR YUSRA KHAN/ DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE
AT THE UNOPS SEGMENT
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNDP, UNFPA AND UNOPS
ANNUAL SESSION 2013
New York, 3 June 2013 (10:00 – 13:00)
The changing development landscape and its complexities require a UN development system that is relevant and effective in delivering results.
To do this, the development entities of the UN need to be supported by partners that are reliable, able, and accountable.
This is why the annual session this year is of special significance. Member states will decide whether or not to endorse the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan of one of the UN development system’s important partners, UNOPS.
In less than two decades since its independence as an entity of its own, UNOPS has contributed to the operational results of the UN even in the most challenging circumstances.
One of the constant features of the world’s challenging circumstances is the recurrence of humanitarian tragedies, especially caused by natural disasters. Although natural disaster related human fatalities in 2012 decreased from the previous year, it is astounding that more than 100 million people in the world were still affected.
Apart from ensuring the sustainability of livelihood of the affected population, and the fulfillment of their basic needs, the other important tasks to be carried out by the affected government and communities are to build back better and strengthen the communities’ resilience to natural disasters.
Preparedness and resilience to natural disasters should therefore be adequately articulated in the formulation of the UN development system’s strategic plan. In this regard, Indonesia welcomes the draft strategic plan of UNOPS for the next cycle, which reflects on the need to increase the resilience of nations and communities to natural disasters.
The availability and affordability of medical supplies remain one of the major challenges faced by developing countries in promoting health services. The provision of quality health care depends on the availability and affordability of quality instruments, diagnostic and curative machines and tools. Indonesia in this regard welcomes UNOPS’ expansion on procuring medical supplies for some developing countries.
Getting supplies through UNOPS will ensure the quality and standard requirements without compromising cost efficiency. This cooperation should also be intended to help build the government’s procurement capacity, including in budgeting, training for maintenance and establishing regulatory mechanisms to oversee the quality and safety of medical equipment. This cooperation should also mean that the government could get access to UNOPS’ extensive network of suppliers for developing countries.
It is important therefore for UNOPS to regularly update the member states on the progress and results-based evaluation on the medical supplies procurement project in developing countries.
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