“UNDP deeply involved in visionary agenda for sustainable development” – UN Development Chief

Sep 1, 2015

New York – The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide global development for a generation after they are formally adopted by Heads of States and Governments at the end of this month, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark told the Organization’s governing body today at UN Headquarters.

The SDGs are “a strong, ambitious, and visionary set of commitments, with poverty eradication identified as the most urgent task within the broader agenda for sustainable development,” Helen Clark said, addressing the UNDP Executive Board, which is holding its current session from 30 August - 4 September.

"UNDP is deeply involved in all processes around the SDG roll out," she added, and "we are bringing our extensive programming experience to bear in supporting countries to develop their national SDG efforts."

All 193 UN Member States are expected to adopt the SDGs here at the Sustainable Development Summit being held 25-27 September. The SDGs are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all human beings enjoy peace and prosperity, leaving no one behind. In addition, an agreement on climate change is expected at the Paris Climate Change Conference, or COP21, this December.

Helen Clark illustrated the urgency of this ambitious vision by pointing to several ongoing crises around the world. Whether it be the response after the earthquake in Nepal, the ongoing conflict in Syria, the flooding in Myanmar, the critical electoral process underway in Haiti, or the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable is constant and paramount. To fill this need, UNDP focuses on building a knowledge-driven, innovative and open institution that supports developing countries with high quality policy advice, and effective and efficient operations.

“We look forward to the Board’s ongoing support at this time of many crises requiring our response, and of new global agendas requiring our support for implementation,” Helen Clark concluded.

The UNDP Executive Board is made up of representatives from 36 countries around the world, serving on a rotating basis. Through its Bureau, consisting of representatives from five regional groups, the Board oversees and supports the activities of UNDP, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), ensuring that these organizations remain responsive to the evolving needs of programme countries..

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