Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York


EU Statement – United Nations General Assembly: Repositioning of the UN Development System

New York , 31/05/2018 - 20:27, UNIQUE ID: 180601_20
Statements on behalf of the EU

31 May 2018, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Adoption of a resolution on the repositioning of the UN Development System

Mister President,


I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the EU and its Member States.

We are truly satisfied that the General Assembly has just decided to adopt by consensus a resolution on the repositioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the QCPR. We see this adoption as a significant initial stage of a long process of change towards making the UNDS more relevant and results-oriented.

We would like to warmly thank and congratulate Ambassadors Boukadoum of Algeria and Petersen of Denmark as well as their respective teams for their leadership throughout the complex negotiation process. Without your dedication, co-facilitators, we would not have been able to achieve this outcome.

We would also like to recognize at this instance the continuous engagement and leadership of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General.

We hope that the newly adopted resolution will facilitate realization of their broader reform agenda as we see the three strands as inextricably intertwined and mutually reinforcing. Their main purpose is to make the UN more efficient, more relevant and more responsive to emerging challenges and needs, in line with the 2030 Agenda’s requirements. And all of these strands are vital to achieving the SG’s vision for a prevention-focussed UN.

We are convinced that the UNDS that will emerge as a result of the implementation of the resolution will be more fit for the purpose of supporting Member States in their efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We fully support measures foreseen in the resolution that aim at strengthening the Resident Coordinator function as well as establishing a new generation of UN Country Teams.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of increased coordination, coherence, collaboration, value for money, transparency and accountability. Providing better, independent evaluation of results will be vital if the UN is to make a more attractive case to potential and current investors.

We stand ready to continue the reform process by engaging actively in the funding dialogue, to happen already this year, and the discussion on the regional dimension of the UNDS in 2019. We see the DESA reform as an inseparable aspect of the UNDS reform, and impatiently await an early update on this issue. We also hope for a successful, ambitious outcome of discussion on the review of GA resolution 68/1 (a so-called ECOSOC reform) to fully align the work of the Council with the 2030 Agenda.

Despite the fact that the process leading to the adoption of the resolution in front of us was not easy, the truly challenging part, the implementation phase, will only now begin. The UNDS entities, including specialized agencies, will be in the driver’s seat. We expect them to actively and swiftly engage in this process in support of the SG’s reform agenda which is a condition sine qua non for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It must be a whole of UN effort across all agencies and at all levels. We encourage the entities of the UNDS to contribute by fully making use of their expertise and comparative advantages, in accordance with their diverse structures and mandates.

We also recognize the responsibilities of the UN Member States.  We will not just look at how we fund the system but also at how we engage the system. It is in everyone’s interest that the governance of the UNDS entities ensures that all Member States have enough information on the system-wide and entity-level delivery.

We are looking forward to receiving updates mandated by the resolution, including, but not limited to, an implementation plan for the inception of a reinvigorated RC system as well as an improved version of the system-wide strategic document which clearly indicates the comparative and collaborative advantages of its parts.

It is essential that the implementation of the reforms starts as soon as possible, and the SG and the DSG initiate the transformation of the RC system in accordance with the provisions of the resolution. We have full confidence in the proposed process ahead.

Mister President, you, the SG, the DSG and the UNDS as a whole can count on the EU and EU Member States’ continuous support and engagement in the way forward.


Thank you.