EU partners with UN to boost impact
New York – Assistance for the crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and stimulating ongoing action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, were high on the agenda at a meeting today between European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.
It was the first in a series of bilateral discussions the Administrator will hold with valued UNDP partners in the margins of the UN General Assembly.
Acknowledging the EU as a driving force on global development issues, Helen Clark welcomed the EU’s new Agenda for Change development policy and stressed the importance of good governance in tackling inequities and inclusive sustainable growth for poverty reduction and human development.
She also congratulated Commissioner Piebalgs on his appointment to the Secretary-General’s High Level Panels for Sustainable Energy for All and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, both of which will convene this week in New York.
“I welcome the Commission’s interest in joining forces with UNDP and the UN family on the post-2015 process, including sharing analytical thinking and reflecting on the best way to support the participation of, and wide consultations within, developing countries around the future global development framework,” Helen Clark said.
“UNDP is organizing broad-based consultations, covering approximately 50 countries to date, to ensure multi-stakeholder participation and substantive contributions,” she added.
The Administrator and Commissioner Piebalgs also signed a joint letter to the European Parliament presenting the 2011 EU-UN partnership report.
Released online today, the seventh annual partnership report Saving and Improving Lives: Partnership between the United Nations and the European Union in 2011 presents concrete results that span all three pillars of the work of the UN - peace and security, human rights and development. It highlights major challenges and achievements, including tackling food insecurity in 20 member states and supporting democratic electoral processes in countries such as Liberia and Tunisia.
The annual report is compiled by UNDP on behalf of the UN family.
The EU and UNDP work together in over 110 countries. In 2011 alone, the EU disbursed €297.34 million ($383.82 million) to UNDP.