Mrs.Dewi Savitri Wahab
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
on Agenda Item 25: “Operational Activities for Development”
at the Second Committee of the 65th Session
of the UN General Assembly
New York, 13 October 2010
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the ten Member States of ASEAN – namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. We also align ourselves with the statement made by Yemen on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
We thank the Secretary-General for the valuable reports prepared for the discussions under this agenda item.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit last September provides a solid foundation to accelerate progress on the MDGs in the next five years.
While the implementation of the outcomes rests on each Member State, the United Nations has an important role to play in advancing Partnerships under MDG 8, through the United Nations’ operational activities.
The strength of the United Nations operational system lies in its legitimacy, at the country level, as a neutral, objective and trusted partner for both program countries and donor countries. Important steps have been taken to reinforce the operational activities, mainly through the triennial comprehensive policy review (TCPR).
The Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review TCPR of operational activities this year is timely as we step up efforts to achieve the MDGs. The increased effectiveness and efficiency of the United Nations development system would therefore lead to successful delivery of assistance to developing countries, especially in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.
ASEAN supports the ongoing efforts from the United Nations system to improve coherence, coordination, and effectiveness on operational activities through system-wide coherence. We further express our support for the voluntary efforts undertaken by eight pilot countries, especially Viet Nam. We hope to learn more from the implementation of the “One UN” country pilot programme under the approach of “Delivering as One”, which aims to ensure effective and efficient assistance delivery at the country level.
Funding is a vital component of operational activities for development.We are encouraged by the analysis in the Secretary-General’s report that the level of contributions to operational activities for development of the United Nations system for 2008 reached the highest level ever.Yet, we are concerned about the existing imbalance between core and non-core funding for development-related activities, with only 29% of the funding going to core resources.
ASEAN believes that adequate, consistent and predictable financial resources, at the national and international levels are crucial in achieving the MDGs. We therefore agree that multi-year planning and financing frameworks are vital for this purpose and would help address the fragmentation of resources.
ODA remains essential to respond to the development needs of countries and for the achievement of MDGs.ASEAN reiterates that the ODA commitments should be fulfilled and implemented in line withwith the national development priorities of developing countries.We also welcome recent efforts and initiatives by all development actorsto enhance the quality of aid and to increase its impact towards development effectiveness.
ASEAN fully supports the continuing efforts in mainstreaming South-South and triangular cooperation in strategic plans and operational activities for development of the UN system, especially through the UN Development Assistance Framework (DAF).
ASEAN is committed to strengthening and broadening South-South and triangular cooperation within the region and beyond.We believe that international cooperation, be they traditional North-South, South-South, triangular and multilateral cooperation, must be demand-driven to ensure that assistance can fully meet development needs.We will enhance efforts to bridge the existing financing gap by mobilizing financial resources from all accessiblesources to facilitate the increase of investments in human resources, education, agriculture, health, water, sanitation, infrastructure and energy, which are critical to achieving the MDGs in the region. We also call for a strengthened role of the UN development system in facilitating access of developing countries to new and emerging technologies especially technology transfer to promote capacity building, including in the field of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In the spirit of partnership, ASEAN stands ready to work with other developing countries through bilateral South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation, and various multilateral frameworks, to share and exchange our knowledge and experiences with developing countries as they pursue their development goals.ASEAN is prepared to cooperate with other regional and international organizations for the effective implementation of all internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.In this regard, ASEAN is making intensive preparations for the successful ASEAN-UN Summit due to be held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, late this month.
We also urge the international community and all development partners to meet the needs of countries in special situations, including Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States, in their effort to achieve the MDGs.In this regard, ASEAN looks forward to the positive outcome of the 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC) in 2011 in Istanbul.
ASEAN welcomes the newly established ‘UN Women’ and historic appointment of former Chilean President Madam Michelle Bachelet as Under Secretary-General for this entity. We look forward to its speedy operationalization and the continuation and strengthening of existing related field operations.
Finally, ASEAN reiterates the importance of operational activities for development.We all need to take stock of what has been achieved in the reform process of the UN operational activities and more importantly, to make further improvements to meet the new realities and ensure better response to the needs of developing countries.
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