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Thomson Opens 3 Major UN Agency Meetings

The executive board president and Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, opened the latest session of the executive board of three UN development agencies in   New York.
09 Sep 2014 08:15
Thomson Opens 3 Major UN Agency Meetings

The executive board president and Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, opened the latest session of the executive board of three UN development agencies in   New York.

The agensies are the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Population Fund and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

He said the board carried a heavy burden of responsibility in its oversight of UNDP, UNOPS and UNFPA’s work to tackle global development challenges.

“We are addressing the development issues of one billion people in the world who live in poverty, and overseeing United Nations’ expenditure of over seven billion dollars per annum,” Mr Thomson said.

Mr Thomson welcomed the new executive director of UNOPS, Grete Faremo of Norway to her first Executive Board Meeting.

UNDP administrator Helen Clark and UNFPA executive director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin also addressed the board later.

The meeting, he adds, comes at an important time for UNFPA, as it prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Global leaders are scheduled to meet at an upcoming special session of the General Assembly on ICPD to reaffirm their commitment to the Cairo principles that development is about people, human wellbeing, dignity and human rights.

The meeting welcomed the recent reappointment of Dr. Osotimehin for a second term as UNFPA executive director.

For UNDP, among other issues the session of the executive board will consider are the funding of UNDP related to implementation of the new Strategic Plan, approval of Country Programme Documents for a number of countries, UNDP’s ongoing structural review and a report from the Board’s field visits to Fiji and Samoa, and Panama and El Salvador.

The executive board comprises of 36 member states elected by the UN’s five regional groups.

It meets three times a year, in January, June and September, to review and monitor the work of the three UN organisations.

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