H.E. YUSRA KHAN
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF INDONESIA
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
At the General Debate of the Operational Activities Segment
Substantive Session of the ECOSOC,
26 February 2014, ECOSOC Chamber (CB)
Indonesia aligns itself with the statement made by the Plurinational State of Bolivia on behalf of the G77 and China.
Over the past decade, development cooperation has been continuously evolving, due to the constant need of adapting to new actors, contexts and issues.
The United Nations, in this connection, has been playing a unique role in development that cannot be fulfilled by any other international organization. However, to remain relevant it should continue adapting its practices to the changing development landscape.
A new development agenda with focus on sustainable development and poverty eradication is currently on the high profile of our discussion on various fora.
Increasing emphasis has also been given to the need for integration and coherence of development and humanitarian frameworks.
With the adoption of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review in December 2012, most of our concerns in the debate of repositioning the UN system in the changing development landscape are being addressed.
The QCPR provides system-wide strategic guidance to ensure the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the activities of the UN system in responding to the evolving international development and cooperation environment as well as to the modalities of country-level presence, including through its chapter on “Improved functioning of the United Nations development system”.
The QCPR also identified the focus that needs to be emphasized by all 11 UN Funds and Programs, six research and training institutions and three other entities that cover the whole gamut of UN development activities, in order to make the system respond better to the changing development landscape and needs.
In this regard, the answer to the question on how to adapt the UN system to important changes taking place in the broader development landscape lies in how well the system translates the QCPR mandates into evidence-based results at all levels, particularly at the operational activities at the country level.
In the background of this year’s launch of most of UN entities Strategic Plans, it is important to ensure that the implementation of the strategic plans are consistent with and guided by the QCPR.
The Economic and Social Council has the mandate to coordinate the funds, programs and specialized agencies, thus monitor the full implementation of the QCPR. To ensure that the UN development system steers in the right direction, the Council needs to continue reviewing and systematically assessing the implementation of the QCPR.
South-South Cooperation is increasingly prominent within the international development cooperation architecture. Nevertheless, we reiterate that it is not a substitute for, rather a complement to, North-South cooperation.
It offers viable opportunities for developing countries to pursue their individual and collective effort for economic growth and sustainable development.
By virtue of each country’s capabilities and comparative advantages, developing countries can share their development progress. In developing countries, that manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South is helping to improve national well-being, national and collective self-reliance, the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.
With the support of the international community, including funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other entities of the United Nations, south-south cooperation can make a real difference. We urge the UN development system to mainstream South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation and policies into the regular country-level programming of operational activities for development.
In relation to this, there are two important points that I would like to emphasize: first, there needs to be strengthening of support mechanisms at the global and regional levels, including drawing upon the knowledge networks of global entities and the capacities of the regional commissions and the United Nations development system regional teams; and second, support developing countries, at their request and with their ownership and leadership, develop their capacities to maximize the benefits and impact of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation in order to achieve their national goals.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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