Statement by Ambassador Berger at the Joint Board Meeting on QCPR

Feb 4, 2013

Joint Meeting of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP Executive Board on Operationalization of the decisions of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review On February 4th, 2013

"Mr. President,

Deputy Secretary General, Heads of Agencies,

Germany highly appreciates this timely opportunity to discuss the operationalization of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review.

In our assessment, the QCPR process has shown that there is a broad desire in the UN membership to further strengthen the UN Development System by enabling it to reform and improve the way it works, both at headquarters level and in the field.

Mr. President,

For today's meeting, I am going to focus my remarks and questions on the following elements, to which we attach special importance:

The first element is the need for agencies to improve the way they work together. The development of the next strategic plans provides an opportunity to sharpen the focus of the respective agencies and to ensure that the UN system is organized in a way that brings out the comparative advantages of the individual agencies and ensures complementarity while reducing duplication. 

I would appreciate to hear from the respective heads of agencies about the mechanisms you use in order to align the next strategic plans among agencies.

This brings me to my second point, the request for a better results orientation of the UN development system. This includes the call for the development of results frameworks which contain complete results chains with indicators at the output, outcome and impact level when developing the next strategic plans. It will be important that the frameworks currently under development will ensure a comparability among UN agencies. 

Thirdly, let me emphasize the importance we attach to the decisions taken with regard to institutionalizing and strengthening the Delivering as One approach. In our opinion, Delivering as One is clearly the way we expect the UN to follow in the future. We therefore attach high importance to the development of the standard operation procedures for the implementation of Delivering as One in countries which decide to join the approach in the future. I would appreciate to hear from the Heads of Agencies where the process of developing these standard operation procedures stands at the moment. 

Fourthly, the QCPR contains a strong call for a further harmonization of business practices. If implemented properly, this should allow the UN development system to reduce the costs of doing business and free much needed resources for programme activities. In this context, I would be interested to hear from the Heads of Agencies, in which areas and when your are expecting the realization of first efficiency gains? Lastly, let me underline the importance we attach to continued attention of the entire UN Development System to gender equality and women's empowerment. In this regard, we strongly encourage Heads of Agencies to :

- ensure full and swift implementation of the UN System-wide action plan on gender equality and the empowerment of women,

- to increase investment in and focus on outcomes and outputs relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women and

- to make full use of gender scorecards and gender markers.

Thank you, Mr President."

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