AMBASSADOR YUSRA KHAN/ DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE
AT THE UNFPA SEGMENT
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UNDP, UNFPA AND UNOPS
ANNUAL SESSION 2013
New York, 5 June 2013 (10:00 – 13:00)
As the world’s population continues to increase, a whole set of new demands can be expected for the work of the UNFPA. Poverty remains a central obstacle that billions more deserve and want to climb out of. There is also the global demographic and economy, which needs to absorb the tremendous youth potential, as more women will need to get access to knowledge and services for sexual reproductive health, including family planning.
The global development landscape, in which the UNFPA operates, is also changing. To remain relevant amongst the many actors and entities, the Funds must scale up in delivering results to stakeholders, and most importantly to the population in need.
Indonesia appreciates all the efforts that have been taken by the Funds, especially under the leadership of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, to transform the Fund’s business as usual to a more focused, evidence, and results based performance.
In this regard, the bull’s eyes approach, reformed business model, and adjusted funding arrangements, which have been articulated in the draft of the 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan, should be able to lead the Fund towards greater effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.
The bull’s eye should sharpen the focus of what the Fund seeks to accomplish. Whereas, the proposed new business model offers a promising avenue to prevent the Fund from overreaching its financing capabilities.
It is important however that the modes of engagement in the proposed new business model go beyond economic statistic per se, and adequately reflect each country’s development needs and challenges. Shifting away from a mindset of merely “delivering service” to one that puts more weight on “delivering ideas and thoughts”, particularly at the country level, should be evaluated according to each country’s different needs and challenges.
We are all aware that population issues happen in many circumstances, including emergency humanitarian assistance situations. We are reminded of the disruptions that millions have experienced at the hand of a natural disaster or other cause, as highlighted by the report of the Secretary-General on “Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations”. In this connection, Indonesia welcomes UNFPA’s continuing efforts to bridge and mainstream population related humanitarian programs not only in its work, but also across the organization.
As the Fund will work with national authorities to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescents and youth are adequately addressed in disaster risk reduction, Indonesia calls the Fund to establish or strengthen the Fund’s own mechanism to facilitate best practices, sharing particularly amongst disasters-prone countries mainstreaming SRH in DRR.
Furthermore, the Fund needs to continue strengthening its strategy on the South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and report regularly to member states on the progress and challenges faced in implementing the strategy on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
The Fund’s strategy to mainstream South-South and Triangular Cooperation in its organization, and the strategy to project its work with the South-South mechanism, at the global and regional levels, should also be reflected in the 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan.
With all the on-going process to shape the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, the momentum to bring population issues, especially the needs of the youth, women’s rights and family planning at the center stage is timely.
The ICPD beyond 2014 process should be able to build the stepping stones for the effort to promote those issues. Indonesia in this regard avails itself to contribute constructively and cooperate with other member states to the process leading to the ICPD beyond 2014.
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