UK leadership vital to international development agenda

25 Sep 2012

New York – Joint engagement on disaster resilience and development aid effectiveness were two aspects of the partnership between the United Kingdom and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) highlighted at a meeting today between UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

As Co-chairs of the Political Champions Group on Disaster Resilience, which convenes for the second time tomorrow in the margins of the UN General Assembly, Ms Greening and Miss Clark discussed the group’s next steps including improved coordination in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and specific work streams to be led by individual champions, such comprehensive and sustained programming for disaster resilience in select countries, risk financing and public-private partnerships.

Helen Clark welcomed the UK’s leadership in promoting aid effectiveness, including across the UN system and through the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. 

“The United Kingdom is one of UNDP’s major donors and I value our partnership,” Helen Clark said.  “I look forward to our engagement on shared priorities, including driving an inclusive consultation process for the post-2015 agenda and keeping the MDGs high on the global development agenda.”

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron is co-chair of the UN Task Team for the Post-2015 High-Level Panel alongside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. 

UNDP is fully engaged in work on the post-2015 agenda and in leading the UN efforts to make the process as inclusive and consultative as possible, organizing broad-based discussions in approximately 50 countries to date.

Other key areas of mutual interest discussed included the UN and UNDP’s reform agendas, strengthening governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected states.

One of UNDP’s largest donors, the UK Government has provided US$ 235.3 million in 2011.