31 January 2011
Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
at the First Regular Session of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA
(31 January 2011– New York)
In the name of God the merciful the compassionate
My delegation congratulates you and other members of the Bureau for your election and rests assured that under your presidency, 2011 will be a fruitful and rewarding one for UNDP/UNFPA and UNOPS. [I also associate myself with the statement made by the distinguished delegate of Argentina on behalf of G77 and China,] while appreciating Madam Executive Director Mrs. Helen Clark for her as usual comprehensive and eloquent introductory statement. We also avail this opportunity to congratulate to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for his appointment as the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA and wish him every success during his tenure.
Before going to the agenda of this meeting, I would like to recall the specific features of the UN operational activities for development which are their universal, voluntary, grant nature, neutrality and multilateralism based on national ownership and leadership of the programs by the program countries. We understand that UNDP is cognizant of its outstanding position in supporting development agenda of developing countries, particularly in such areas as capacity-building and economic and technical cooperation.
On the main agenda of this session: evaluation, we would like to insist on the importance of its independence form management in all its aspects. Besides, TCPR, UNDP Strategic Plans and resolution 64/289 on System–wide Coherence are providing both principles and guidelines for evaluation. There is no need to reinvent or renegotiate them. Meanwhile, we noticed that very little attention was given to the issue of national capacity in the revised evaluation policy report. Also it does not take into account the international nature of the UNDP and the need for the evaluation groups to be representative of this nature including through applying a fair geographical distribution of the evaluators.
On the evaluation reports at hand we would like to make the following comments:
- The System–wide Coherence process was received little attention throughout the five areas covered by the evaluation. It was perhaps a good opportunity to get feedbacks on the process and its impact on these five areas.
- On disaster prevention and recovery we concur with the recommendation that UNDP should minimize micro-level recovery activities and rather support national capacity-building for disaster risk reduction.
- It is our understanding that too much emphasis on integration of focus areas needs to be avoided to keep the lines of accountability clear while making the performances evaluable.
- On the strengthening of local governance, a piecemeal approach should be highly avoided and, while taking specific conditions of each program country into account, the strengthening of local governance has to be strictly defined in the context of UNDAF and overall national development strategies.
- We think contribution of UNDP in strengthening national capacities is particularly important and continue to see it as a valuable tool for implementing national development priorities of program countries especially in the areas of poverty eradication and environment protection.
On a relevant notion, I would like to recall provisions of resolution 64/289 on System-wide Coherence, particularly paragraph 12 of the resolution on reviewing the existing institutional framework for the system-wide evaluation of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, as well as its paragraph 21 on modality for the independent evaluation of lessons learned from the “delivering as one”. Taking into account that the current session of the General Assembly is set as the deadline for these two paragraphs, we appreciate if a brief report could be given on their implementation.
In conclusion, while recalling paragraph 14 of the above-mentioned resolution, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tanzania for presenting its common country program. As our common practice we lend our support to the new program as endorsed by the government of the program country.
Thank you very much.