Helen Clark: International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

Apr 19, 2012

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Welcome Statement

International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

April 19, 2012


New York


Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to New York and to UNDP for this important meeting of the g7+ quintet. I hope the meeting will enable you to make further progress in organizing the g7+ and charting the way forward.

In recognizing ‘fragility’ as a reality, and as a critical impediment to development in general, and to meeting the MDGs in particular, you have helped breathe new life into the international development debate.  Having followed closely the road that the International Dialogue has travelled since Accra 2008 through Busan last year, and from the very active role of Jordan Ryan in the process on my behalf, I know it has not been easy to achieve the progress we have made so far.

But the g7+ countries consistently demonstrated their commitment and leadership by sticking with the process right through, and here we are today, having reached consensus on a New Deal that we are all poised to take to the field under national leadership and ownership.

As you move from policy definitions and strategy blueprints to actual delivery of the goals of the New Deal on the ground, we all know that new challenges will emerge in meeting all of the commitments made in the New Deal process. 

Political commitments made have to be translated into inclusive ownership and national prioritization of the New Deal goals. Funding expectations need to be met and appropriate technical capacities are necessary to support country efforts where needed to make a difference in combatting fragility and moving towards resilience. . 

But this will require an all-hands-on-deck approach.  I wanted to join you in person today to reaffirm my support and that of UNDP, as well as that of the UN Development Group that I chair and on whose behalf I was proud to endorse the New Deal in Busan last year.

UNDP is well positioned as an agency to support New Deal implementation. We already have on-going programs covering political governance, justice and security in all seven pilot countries, and we are also strongly engaged in supporting existing compacts and elements of compacts, capacity development initiatives and aid transparency initiatives in the pilot countries.

Working together within the International Dialogue, as well as with the Peacebuilding Support Office, World Bank and other committed donors, we will do everything in our power to support implementation of the New Deal, under your guidance and leadership.

We will continue to work directly with our own Country Offices to align our planning and programming to the New Deal, and to identify ways for UNDP to strengthen its support.


I have no doubt that early indications of results on the ground will go a long way towards demonstrating the credibility of the goals of the New Deal, and making a strong case for UN and broader international recognition and support.


I also want to reaffirm here today UNDP’s readiness, if requested, to support the efforts of the g7+ to establish a support facility in New York.  I hope that the discussions that took place in your morning session in this regard can start to materialize, and that we can count on the commitment of donors to support the process.  We believe that this initiative will help strengthen the independent voices of the g7+ at international level and mobilize additional support to combat conflict and fragility through the New Deal.


It is clear to me that the importance of the substantial work accomplished by the International Dialogue leading up to this point will be felt beyond national implementation of the New Deal.  It will also be be vital for how the international community addresses the challenges of conflict and fragility post-2015.


As it sets about organizing global consultations on this agenda in 2012, UNDP looks forward to engaging with the International Dialogue, and with the g7+ in particular.  


Together, we can bring the lessons learned over the past 15 years into the formulation of a more effective international development agenda that fully recognizes the special challenges and unique experiences of fragile states. 


Let me conclude by wishing you a good meeting today, and the very best of luck as you move forward. The Spring meetings in Washington at the weekend will be an another excellent opportunity to promote the g7+.  Due to other commitments I will not be able to join you at the International Dialogue side event, but UNDP will be represented by the Director of UNDP's Bureau for External Relations, Sigrid Kaag, who as you all know is leading UNDP’s post Busan follow up.


Thank you for your attention and I wish you all a pleasant stay in New York. 


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