Fiji Chairs Joint Meeting of Executive Boards of UN System

New York
Monday, February 3, 2014

The 2014 joint meeting of the executive boards of UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-Women and WFP met in New York today.  The annual joint meeting is convened to enable the major UN funds and programme to enhance coherence in their work.  The afternoon session of the joint meeting was chaired by Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson.

The afternoon session of the joint meeting focussed on coherence of UN action against poverty and vulnerability, with emphasis on building resilience.  Ambassador Thomson emphasised the importance of the UN system delivering as one at the country level.  He reaffirmed that the United Nation accepts that eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge and is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development in developing countries.

The UNDP Administrator, Miss Helen Clark, opened the presentations by the funds and programmes and was followed by contributions from the principals of the other UN funds and programmes present, together with representatives of the Member States serving on the executive boards.

The morning session of the joint meeting focussed on performance standards of gender mainstreaming across the strategic plans of the UN funds and programmes.  The session was led by presentations from the President of the UN-Women executive board and the Executive Director of UN-Women, Ms Phumzile Mlámbo-Ngcuka.  The session heard that gender equality and engaging women is at the forefront of the UNDP Strategic Plan and is one of the key development challenges of the organization.

UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) is the United Nations global development network.  UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNOPS (United Nations Office of Project Services) works with Governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement. UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) provides long-term humantarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.  UN-Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. WFP (UN's World Food Programme) is the world's largest humantarian agency fighting hunger.

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