UNDP thanks Canadian Government

25 Sep 2012

New York – Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met today in the wings of the UN General Assembly to discuss ongoing cooperation and issues of common concern.

Renowned for its leadership in promoting human development at home and internationally, Canada is a long-standing core partner of UNDP and has a strong presence on UNDP’s Executive Board. In 2011, Canada disbursed US $134.8 million to UNDP activities mainly in the most vulnerable countries.

Major democratic governance initiatives in Afghanistan and Haiti are notable recipients of Canadian Government support.

During the meeting many issues were raised, including resilience building in fragile settings, democratic governance, gender empowerment, accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

Helen Clark thanked the minister for Canada’s strong support for development.

“As one of our largest contributors, Canada is a critical ally in providing UNDP with a predictable funding base so that we can plan ahead effectively and deliver development results where they matter most,” Helen Clark said.

Risk management, cost effectiveness and other approaches to improve programming and coordination are also key priorities for the Canada and UNDP partnership.

Canada is ranked sixth on UNDPs most recent annual Human Development Report.