19 January 2010
Mr. Mohammad Hassani-Nejad
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
on the First 2010 UNDP/UNFPA Regular Session
(New York, 19 January 2010)
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The devastating consequences of the earthquake in Haiti left us with grave sorrow and grief. The Islamic Republic of Iran as a country that experienced such horrific natural disasters first hand, deeply sympathizes with the government and people of Haiti. We also pay tribute to those UN personnel who lost their lives while serving the noble cause of promoting peace and stability. We, meanwhile, urge UNDP and other UN agencies to spare no effort in assisting the affected people.
My delegation would like to align itself with the statement made by distinguished delegate of Sudan on behalf of G77 and China. I would also like to congratulate on your and other 2010 Bureau member’s well deserved election and wish you all the best in assuming your new responsibilities and assure you of our full support along the way. We also appreciate the Administrator for her as usual eloquent and rich presentation.
The tragic incident in Haiti may once again serve as an example that why the UNDP can be considered everywhere as a neutral and reliable friend of the developing countries. At least, that’s how much we expect from it, particularly in these trying times of multifaceted crises and continuous threat of uncertain development resources. UNDP, taking into account its scope of work, structure and resources, both at the headquarters and the field is in a unique and unmatched position to make the most possible contribution to the efforts of the developing countries, particularly in such areas as capacity-building, economic and technical cooperation, and in a more general sense, in the area of South-South cooperation.
Further alignment of Fund’s activities with the development-oriented decisions, emanating from UN conferences is among the measures that could improve the image of UNDP in developing world. The outcomes of 2009 June Conference on Financial crisis, the December South-South Conference as well as the upcoming 2010 September High-Level on MDG are only a few to mention.
On the overall UNDP budget estimate for 2010-2011, though not on the agenda of this session, we find it noteworthy that despite the decrease in resource availability comparing to the last biennium, the use of resources particularly in the area of development activities would increase. Taking into account the impacts of the financial crisis on the developing world we consider it as a right move. We further hope that UNDP meets its overall budgetary targets.
On the support budget for the current biennium we also take note of the increase made, nevertheless, not in significant amount, in the strategic investments in the areas of Africa, South-South cooperation and climate change. While, we also prefer to see little increases in the overall amount of BSB, we consider most of the $50 million increase comparing to the last biennium inevitable. There is of course no such thing as perfect budget document. There are always room for improvement and making the budget preparation, presentation, implementation and evaluation more prudent. However, we as Member States should be satisfied to nothing but receiving quality services. Taking into account the interconnectedness between BSB and program arrangements, it should be ensured that any cut in BSB will not harm the quality of the services program countries receive.
On a general note, the high number of informal meetings organized by the Secretariats considered being highly beneficial for both members of the Executive Board and the Secretariats themselves. Taking into account the constant changes in both composition of the Board as well as the delegates of the Missions, theses informals substantively help delegates understand often sophisticated activities of UNDP/UNFPA and UNOPS better and as a result make better decisions. We encourage continuation and strengthening of this approach. Increasing outreach to and engagement with Permanent Representatives to highlight UNDP and UNFPA achievements, goals and challenges and periodic updates by the Funds on their activities are further advisable steps in this regard.
In conclusion, we consider promoting a fine balanced approach in overall vision and functions of UNDP and UNFPA as of utmost importance for their success. While every attempt should be made in avoiding duplications and loss of resources as well as making the Funds more effective and accountable, ultimately it has to be understood that theses Funds can only be appealing to program countries if they find them fully in line with their national development strategies, not focused in an imbalanced way in upstream providing mainly policy advices, performing in an impartial manner and taking into account particular conditions of each Member State.
Thank You very Much