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The Director-General meets UNDP Administrator Dervis

The Director-General meets UNDP Administrator Dervis
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On 14 December 2006, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, met Mr Kemal Dervis, Administrator of UNDP and Chairman of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), to exchange views on issues related to UN reform, in particular with regard to the recent report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence entitled “Delivering as One.”

Further to their discussions at the CEB meeting held in New York last October, the talks focused on the implementation of the recommendations of the Report.

Mr Matsuura expressed his strong support for the report’s major objective, which is to increase the coherence of UN action in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment in order to avoid duplication and enhance effectiveness. Expressing his support for the “One UN” approach at the country level, the Director-General said that he would seriously examine the possibilities for UNESCO to participate in pilot One UN Country Teams.

As concerns the practical modalities of implementing the One UN at country level, Mr Matsuura called for flexibility, arguing that a single model would not be appropriate given the diversity of situations on the ground. Mr Dervis; concurred that the real challenge lay in finding appropriate models to translate the Panel’s recommendations into practice. Hence the initial piloting process should act as a true testing ground, where country experiences of the One UN approach are assessed after about a year, before proceeding with a broader application.

The Director-General emphasized the importance of ensuring the full integration of Specialized Agencies in single country programming process, including in those countries where the agencies were not resident. Mr Matsuura underlined that this should be done regardless of the scale of funding the agencies were able to commit. The wide-ranging and holistic nature of the UN system’s contribution to national development objectives should also be reflected in the proposed creation of dedicated country funds, which should facilitate the achievement not only of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also of all other internationally agreed development goals. Mr Matsuura referred to UNESCO’s lead role in providing upstream policy advice in its fields of competence, and in particular in education and culture, which are of crucial importance to Member States.

The Director-General informed the Administrator of his concern that the Panel’s recommendations in the field of the environment were not fully cognizant of the inter-agency coordination mechanisms already set up, such as UN-Water and UN-Oceans, and he pointed to the lead role UNESCO played in the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP).

Administrator Dervis; outlined the process of consultations on the Panel’s report that were planned with Member States at UNDP. Referring to the consultations with Heads of Agency to be organized within UNDG, Mr Matsuura underscored the importance of including the Specialized Agencies, with which Mr Dervis; fully agreed. Mr Dervis; told the Director-General that he was greatly encouraged by UNESCO’s positive approach and invited Mr Matsuura to continue discussions on the occasion of his next visit to New York.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N°202-2006
  • 18-12-2006
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