Ensuring success of SDGs a top priority for UNDP

Jun 8, 2016

Executive Board meeting on 8 June 2016 with member states

New York – The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark said today that ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda, an ambitious plan which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), remains one of the organisation’s greatest priorities.

“Supporting roll out of the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said Helen Clark at the opening session of the organisation’s Executive Board meeting in New York, noting that the Agenda is designed to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges over the next decade and a half.

“UNDP has specific thematic expertise to offer, not least around poverty eradication; reduction of inequalities; democratic governance; the environment, energy, and climate change; disaster risk reduction; gender, health; and our work in fragile contexts,” she said.

“We will promote support for programme countries to access finance for sustainable development, and to find the right mix of funding, technology, and assistance to drive national progress on the SDGs,” she added.

Clark said UNDP will work with programme countries to monitor, learn, report and apply lessons learned in SDG implementation, building on the organisation’s experience with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She noted that UNDP participated in the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May.

“We emphasized that to honour the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to ‘leave no one behind’, major efforts must be made to work more effectively across the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding spheres,” Clark said.

The Commitment to Action, signed by UNDP and seven other agencies in Istanbul, and endorsed by the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), commits UNDP to this objective, she added.

She also discussed UNDP’s implementation of its new Strategic Plan and its ongoing reforms to make the organization more effective and efficient.

“Greater focus for UNDP’s work was an objective of the current Strategic Plan. We can now show that our work in programme countries is aligned well with our Strategic Plan, matching intent with action to a much greater extent than before,” she said.

Clark also said that UNDP’s Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Strategic Plan reaffirms UNDP’s commitment and readiness to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

“Overall, the MTR concludes that UNDP’s institutional backbone is more robust: the organization is more open and transparent; our headquarters have been reorganized successfully; operating costs have reduced significantly; more staff and support services have been located in Regional Hubs closer to the Country Offices they serve; programmes are being designed to higher standards; and monitoring and evaluation have improved.”

“Overall, the MTR shows that investments in boosting institutional performance are having a positive impact on development results,” she added.

Concluding her remarks, Clark said: “We will continue to strive for high quality results from our work and to lead and promote greater coherence and collaboration within the UN development system.”

Contact information

Adam Cathro, UNDP, +1 212 906 5326, adam.cathro@undp.org

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