First Regular Session of the Executive Board of UNDP and UNFPA, January 2011 UNFPA Segment
National Statement of Germany
Madam / Mr President,
On behalf of the Government of Germany I would like to thank the Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for presenting the Annual Report and outlining what he is envisaging to do in the coming months and years.
Human rights are the guiding principle for German Development Cooperation. We would therefore like to stress the importance of human rights to sexual and reproductive health for women, girls and adolescents. The integration of the human rights agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) into national and international human rights systems requires continued attention and we encourage UNFPA to strengthen efforts in this respect.
In keeping with our financial commitment of an additional Mio. 400 € over five years in the area of maternal and child health, which we announced at last year’s G-8 summit, we have launched a new voluntary family planning initiative, which will contribute to improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, two areas of great need. Germany is thereby supporting the UN-SG’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health.
The role of skilled birth attendants, in particular midwives and other persons with midwifery competencies, is widely acknowledged as being crucial to addressing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, and to promoting women’s and children’s health. We support UNFPA’s call to accelerate investments in scaling-up human resources for health and have, thus, included within the framework of our new family planning initiative a component for scaling up national midwifery plans aiming at increasing the percentage of births attended by skilled birth attendants. We intend to closely collaborate with UNFPA in implementing this new component and to make use of synergies in our mutual efforts to achieve MDG 5.
Madam / Mr President,
Germany has been a long-standing supporter of UNFPA. We attach particular importance to UNFPA’s work in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Mid-Term Review of UNFPA’s strategic plan in 2011 provides an excellent opportunity for reviewing and adapting set objectives. We commend the Executive Director for the open and transparent process in which he is taking this review forward. We particularly welcome the Executive Director’s intention to strengthen UNFPAs focus on youth.
The German Government continues to strongly support UNFPA’s efforts to advance the understanding of population dynamics and, along with reproductive health and gender, its incorporation into national development strategies and international agreements
Germany also welcomes the commitment of the Executivve Director to increase results orientation and to address the organisations shortcomings in administrative matters identified in recent audit reports. We are looking forward to the implementation of the new business plan which aims at strengthening evidence-based decision making leading to higher impact on the ground.
We remain committed to support UNFPA in these important change processes.