Statement by Minister Plenipotentiary Silberberg on UNOPS during First regular meeting of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

Jan 29, 2014

Statement by Minister Plenipotentiary Silberberg on UNOPS during First regular meeting of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

"Thank you, Mr. President,

Let me start by congratulating the Executive Director and his staff for the results achieved in the last years. In our assessment, UNOPS is well positioned within the UN system and serves as an example of efficiency and sustainability to the wider UN System. In this context we congratulate UNOPS for receiving the demanding ISO 14001 award, which clearly underlines UNOPS dedication to sustainability in its business operations.

We especially appreciate the increased delivery in low-income countries and countries affected by conflict. This is a highly welcome development. We also acclaim the intensified focus on sustainability in UNOPS operations in the last two years. The strong focus on sustainability needs to be maintained and put into practice.

Mr. President,

Germany also appreciates the new strategic plan which is an important step to make UNOPS an even more focussed, efficient and effective organisation. The plan sets out a stringent strategic vision, and has a welcome focus on sustainability and building national capacity.

The full implementation of the requirements of the QCPR remains a challenge for the next years. The challenges incorporate the need for the rationalization of business operations and provision of transactional support, including enhanced interoperability of management systems.

Let me conclude by thanking Jan Mattsson for his extraordinary dedication as Executive Director over the last 8 years. You will be leaving UNOPS at the end of March. You will leaves UNOPS in good shape. On behalf of the German Government, I wish you and your family all the best for all your future endeavours. Let me assure you, that you will be missed both on a professional but also on a personal level.

Thank you, Mr President."

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