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The Director-General shares his views on the report of the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence

The Director-General shares his views on the report of the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence
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On 9 March 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, held an information meeting with Permanent Delegates on UN Reform.

Before opening the meeting, the Director-General informed the Delegates that Montenegro had become the 192nd Member States of UNESCO on 1 March 2007. This announcement was welcomed by the Delegates by acclamation.

The information meeting was organized to provide an opportunity to discuss the recommendations put forward in the Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence and their implications for UNESCO.

The Director-General expressed his endorsement of the main thrust of the Report, which aims to “improve UN action in promoting peace and development, eradicating poverty, preventing and responding to humanitarian crises, and protecting the global environment.” Mr Matsuura welcomed the intense scrutiny of the UN system launched by the issuing of the Report as valuable impetus for reform and “an unparalleled opportunity to improve delivery and responsiveness for the benefit of Member States”.

Mr Matsuura also expressed his satisfaction at the Report’s recognition of the diversity of the UN system and its sectoral expertise. After outlining his views on the Panel’s recommendations in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and environment, the Director-General went on to discuss in detail the Report’s major theme: the need to establish “One UN” at country level. Mr Matsuura expressed his commitment to participate in the 8 One UN pilot countries. He also welcomed the flexible approach that was being adopted in their regard. “The pilots should serve as experiments for trying our different modalities, drawing lessons and learning from mistakes,” the Director-General said. “Only once these pilots have been evaluated – towards the end of 2007 – could we move towards scaling up certain approaches.”

In conclusion, the Director-General underlined that the exigencies and implications of UN reform were central concerns when preparing the Organization’s Medium-Term Strategy (C4) and Biennial Programme and Budget (C5).

“The UN reform process has been put in motion, and is advancing fast. Seeing it through to success will depend on the support of all. Together, we must embrace the challenges ahead, so that UNESCO and the United Nations system as a whole can fulfil their important mandate. I particularly count on your support, as beneficiaries, but also as “owners” of the system, in ensuring that the full diversity and depth of expertise available across the UN is mobilized. This is essential if the UN is to effectively help its Member States meet the increasingly complex challenges of today’s world,” said Mr Matsuura.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 037-2007
  • 09-03-2007
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