Latest Executive Board meeting of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS opens in New York

Sep 2, 2014

Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji opens the latest meeting of the Executive Board. Photo: Dylan Lowthian/UNDP

New York, September 2 – Ambassador Peter Thomson, Executive Board President and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, opened the latest session of the Executive Board of three UN development agencies: the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Population Fund and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) . In his opening remarks, Ambassador Thomson asked the Board to remember the thousands of UN personnel around the world, including the Fijian peacekeepers who are being held hostage in Golan.

Ambassador Thomson said that the Board carries a heavy burden of responsibility in its oversight of UNDP, UNOPS and UNFPA's work to tackle global development challenges: "We are addressing the development issues of the one billion people in the world who live in poverty and overseeing United Nations expenditure of over seven billion dollars per annum."

Ambassador Thomson welcomed the new Executive Director of UNOPS Grete Faremo of Norway to her first Executive Board Meeting. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin will address the board later in the week.

The Executive Board meeting comes at an important time for UNFPA, as it prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Global leaders are scheduled to meet at an upcoming special session of the General Assembly on ICPD to reaffirm their commitment to the Cairo principles that development is about people, human well-being, dignity and human rights. The meeting welcomed the recent reappointment of Dr. Osotimehin for a second term as UNFPA Executive Director.

For UNDP, among other issues the session of the Executive Board will consider are the funding of UNDP related to implementation of the new Strategic Plan, approval of Country Programme Documents for a number of countries, UNDP’s on-going structural review and a report from the Board’s field visits to Fiji and Samoa, and Panama and El Salvador.

The Executive Board is comprised of 36 Member States elected by the UN’s five regional groups. It meets three times a year, in January, June and September, to review and monitor the work of the three UN organizations. All decisions are published on the Executive Board website at www.undp.org/execbrd.

Contact information

New York: Dylan Lowthian, dylan.lowthian@undp.org +1 212 906 5516