Advisory Committee calls on UNDP to address inequalities and enabling environment

28 Apr 2014

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NEW YORK, 28 April 2014 – The 11th annual meeting of the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee concluded last week following critical discussions on the new UNDP strategic plan, UNDP’s engagement with civil society at national and regional levels and the challenges and opportunities of the post-2015 development framework.

The Advisory Committee also held discussions on UNDP’s country-level interactions with civic actors in different regions, including on how to foster an enabling environment for civil society in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and in South-South cooperation. Separate sessions were also held on the Human Development Report 2014, to be launched in the upcoming months, and on the UNDP Inequalities Report, launched in early 2014.

At the opening session, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark called UNDP’s engagement with civil society “a driving force in extending post-2015 consultations and reaching new constituencies and a wider range of stakeholders.” She also emphasised UNDP’s continued support for creating UNDP-civil society consultative mechanisms at the country level.

While discussing partnerships for development, the Administrator stressed UNDP’s commitment to accountable and sustainable partnerships with the private sector.

Since last year’s Committee meeting, its members have been collaborating with UNDP in the formulation of core strategies on extractive industries, youth empowerment and gender equality. They have also participated in global and regional meetings and consultations on development cooperation, the post-2015 agenda and philanthropic partnerships.

Created in 2000, the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee, which  comprises 14 international civil society leaders from diverse constituencies, serves as a strategic advisory body to UNDP senior management on key issues of policy and strategy.

A full list of current committee members and their biographies is available online.