Denmark leads in global fight against poverty: Commits DKK 220m to UNDP in 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Young man selling bread in the streets of Mazar-al-Sharif, Afghanistan. ©Sayed Omer/ UNDP

New York — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women signed a strategic framework agreement with the Government of Denmark to reconfirm and extend their respective long-standing partnership.

UNDP appreciates Denmark for encouraging the four agencies to achieve a high degree of harmonization through the renewal of Denmark’s Strategic Framework Agreement for 2017-2019, which has enabled holistic, predictable, flexible and structured funding to deliver targeted, strategic and effective interventions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Denmark continues to support UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women in their respective missions to support the fight against poverty and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Through the renewal of the Partnership Agreement, today Denmark committed a total of DKK 220m (US$34.3m) for 2017 for UNDP to fight poverty, tackle climate change, further equality and women’s rights and strengthen peace. This includes DKK 110m/US$16.9m for UNDP’s core, un-earmarked resources for 2017, which enable the UN’s largest development network to sustain its ability to respond rapidly and effectively to crises and protect development gains in nearly 170 countries and territories worldwide. Denmark also renewed its generous support to earmarked funding and will provide DKK80m ($12.7m) to UNDP’s governance and crisis response funding window and DKK15m ($2.4m) to support UNDP’s Innovation Facility. Denmark is also providing DKK 15m ($2.4m) to fund UNDP’s Human Resources and Advisories services, specifically UNDP’s Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme, Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator Special Assistant (SAARC) programme, Specialist Development Programme, and secondees. This enables UNDP to sustain junior level positions which provide opportunities for talented young professionals, increase our human resource capacity to deliver, and strengthen knowledge exchange.

UNDP applauds Denmark’s continued support to core resources at a critical time when the organization is facing a continued decline in core funding. Core funding is a lifeline for UNDP and is vital for the organization to maintain its operations, remain effective, and ensures flexible and rapid funding to respond to the world’s most vulnerable people during times of crises.

The joint signing ceremony to renew the Strategic Framework Agreement between the UN agencies and the Government of Denmark marks an important milestone towards increased coordination and harmonization among international development stakeholders. The agreement is critical in a time when conflicts and disasters are on the rise and the rise of violent extremism demand durable and sustainable development solutions for peace. Over two billion people remain affected by violence, disasters and conflict—a third of them are youth. The demand for UN agencies to jointly deliver and assist the world’s most vulnerable is at the highest since World War II.

UNDP greatly welcomes the Government of Denmark’s support to ensure funding predictability and together with UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, look to achieving international development goals.

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