Effectiveness, coherence and results at the heart of Sweden-UNDP Partnership

26 Sep 2012

image UNDP Administrator Helen Clark meets with Sweden Minister for Int’l Development Cooperation Gunila Carlsson, September 26, 2012. (Credit: Paulo Filgueras)

Realizing an inclusive consultation process for the post-2015 human development agenda, UN coordination and development effectiveness were three issues highlighted at a meeting today between Swedish Minister of Development Gunilla Carlsson and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

Helen Clark congratulated Ms. Carlsson on her appointment to the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and assured her that UNDP is fully engaged in work on the agenda and in leading UN efforts to make the process inclusive and consultative, organizing broad-based discussion in approximately 50 countries to date.

The two stressed the importance of engaging youth in post-2015 process, making sure that their issues are included and their voices heard.

As the Chair of UNDP’s Executive Board, Sweden has provided exemplary leadership and supported greater coherence and transparency efforts in the organization.

A staunch supporter of the Delivering as One approach, Sweden is working closely with UNDP to ensure that their shared vision of an effective and efficient UN development system is further advanced.

“I appreciate the very strong support which Sweden has long given to UNDP for our work, including for our leadership and co-ordination role in the UN development system at the country, regional and global levels,” Helen Clark said.

“A strong UNDP is essential for a strong and coherent UN development system.” The Government of Sweden has contributed US $181.2 million to UNDP resources in 2011.