UN Pledging Conference sees new funds announced for fight against povertyNov 12, 2014
18 countries commit 97 million dollars for UN Development Programme
New York City – 12 November 2014 – 26 UN Member States have pledged approximately US$ 650 million to go towards UN development work, mostly for 2015, with US$97 million destined for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Nick Hartmann, Director of UNDP’s Partnership Group, speaking at the Conference on behalf of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, welcomed the announcements of funding for the organization’s ‘regular’ or ‘core’ resources, referring to non-earmarked funding that can be used at UNDP’s discretion to respond to emerging needs of countries.
Core funding was the “bedrock”, he said, of UNDP’s ability to sustain its multilateral and universal character, ensuring that resources and activities are available to support all eligible countries, with a distribution to primarily low-income and least developed countries.
Noting that many of UNDP’s contributors had gone to great lengths to maintain their funding despite a challenging financial environment, he nonetheless emphasized the “continuing downward trend” UNDP faces.
In spite of this, more Member States had begun contributing to UNDP, with the total number rising from 50 to 56 in 2013. This was a welcome development that UNDP would continue to nurture.
Additionally, non-core resources remained stable at US$3.98 billion in 2012 and US$3.93 billion in 2013.
Thanking Member States for their contribution, Hartmann pointed to UNDP’s responsibility as the custodian of funds entrusted to it. With this in mind, he noted that the organization had been ranked first amongst all bilateral and multilateral development agencies, as reflected in the independent Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index.
In tandem with non-core resources, Member States’ contributions last year allowed UNDP to target the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
Some highlights of UNDP’s results in 2013 include:
• 43 million new voters registered in 68 supported countries. 96 million people voted in UNDP-assisted elections, 41% of which were women.
• Over 4 million people in 117 countries, 40 of which were affected by conflict, had improved access to justice and legal aid, 49% of which were women.
• 3.5 million people in 12 countries benefited from access to modern energy services from 2,900 rural energy enterprises.
• Carbon dioxide equivalent-emissions were reduced by 116–142 million tonnes, the equivalent of 30–37 coal fired power stations, in 32 countries.
• UNDP helped 25 countries establish or strengthen disaster early warning systems and has now assisted 45 countries with establishing disaster management agencies.
• Finally, 617,000 people benefited from emergency employment schemes established by UNDP; and over 193,000 small businesses were created with UNDP’s support in post-conflict countries.
Countries that announced pledges at the Conference were: Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, India, Luxembourg, Turkey, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Singapore, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Samoa, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Djibouti.
Communications Analyst, UNDP Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy
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