Recognition for sustained partnership between France and UNDP

25 Sep 2012

imageUNDP Administrator Helen Clark meets with France Minister for Development Pascal Canfin. UN Photo: Paulo Filgueras

New York – With a decades-long history of cooperation between France and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), French Minister for Development Pascal Canfin and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met today to discuss forthcoming strategic priorities.

Ongoing cooperation to advance sustainable development and the green economy were discussed, along with innovative financing, aid effectiveness and the post-2015 agenda.

They emphasized the importance of heeding the voices of the vulnerable and including them into the development discussions.  On her part, Helen Clark assured Minister Canfin that UNDP is fully engaged in work on the post-2015 agenda, organizing broad-based consultations to ensure an inclusive process with multi-stakeholder participation.

The Government of France has contributed US $25.1 million to UNDP resources in 2011, supporting UNDP’s role as an implementing agency on-the-ground, and as the agency entrusted with promoting system-wide coherence and coordination of UN development interventions.

“France is a major political actor in the development field. It is an important interlocutor for UNDP across the field of development – not least on innovative financing and on sustainable development”, Helen Clark said.  

The meeting between Minister Canfin and the Administrator follows the France-UNDP Annual Consultations held in July 2012, at which the traditionally strong convergence between the priorities and development strategies of UNDP and France were reinforced.