2017 Executive Board Annual Session of UNDP, UNPF, and UNOPS

The Annual Session 2017 of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS) met for the second day in New York on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

In the morning, the Executive Board called upon the Member States to provide feedback on its Draft UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Delegates agreed that the UNDP should “focus more on its comparative advantage,” but not “overreach.” In particular, the UNDP should prioritize areas such as the strengthening of national capacity, poverty eradication, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, etc. They also agreed that an integrated approach to coordinate with other UN development agencies and cooperate with the private sector was necessary.

In the afternoon, the Executive Board members discussed the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)’s assessment reports on the UNDP’s evaluation policy and institutional effectiveness. Indran A. Naidoo, IEO Director, reported that there were signs of improvements in both areas. However, he noted that the budget allocated to evaluation had not been fully utilized. The new measures to increase institutional effectiveness may also not be sustainable due to the lack of resources and sustainable funding models.

Meeting: Annual Session 2017 of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services

Date/Location: Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 10:00-17:00; Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

Speakers: H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN; Tegegnework Gettu, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Acting Administrator; Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support; Indran A. Naidoo, Director, UNDP Independent Evaluation Office; Helge Osttveiten, Director, UNDP Office of Audit and Investigations; Representatives of the Republic of Moldova, Japan, Belarus, Norway, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Cuba, Brail, and the Russian Federation

Written By: WIT Representative Jadice Lau

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