Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Lerberg Kopstad.Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Lerberg Kopstad

New strategy main topic of UNDP and UNFPA board meeting

6/7/2013 // The two major UN development organizations UNDP and UNFPA are governed through executive board meetings at the UN headquarters. One of the main targets for this year’s session is to agree on a new strategic plan for 2014 to 2017. Norway's Merete Dyrud is vice president of the board, representing Norway and other Western countries.

The first two weeks of June the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, and the United Nations Office for Project Services meets for their annual session. The board’s mandate is to support and supervise the activities of the organizations in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the United Nations General Assembly and its Economic and Social Council, and the responsibilities set out in the United Nations Charter.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the largest UN organizations and coordinates the work on development in all UN organizations. United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) works to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. The organization provides project management and procurement services to different UN projects. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works mainly on reproductive health. Some of their goals are to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, promote reproductive rights and reduce maternal mortality rates. These issues has a high priority for Norway, as Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, also mentioned when he presented Norway’s foreign policy priorities for 2013.

Counsellor Merete Dyrud serves as vice president of the Board on behalf of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG). She chaired the UNFPA segment of this year session.

“As a board member, I will work on behalf of WEOG to ensure that these organizations deliver efficiently and effectively in program countries and at headquarters. Work on the new Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 will be crucial. Of key importance will be to improve result based management. As a major donor, it is important for Norway to follow these processes closely and take part in shaping them," Dyrud said when she was elected vise president.

This year’s main issues in addition to the new strategic plan for 2014-2017 is the result report, a strategy for partnerships with private sector and mobilization of resources, annual accounts and report from the internal revision and evaluation office.

Read more about the 2013 session here.

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