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


EU Statement – United Nations General Assembly: UN Development System

New York, 17/12/2018 - 21:19, UNIQUE ID: 181217_19
Statements on behalf of the EU

17 December 2018, New York – European Union Statement delivered at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Plenary Meeting on UN Development System Reform Funding Dialogue

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.


At the outset, we would like to commend the Transition Team for its leadership and the   substantive progress achieved towards a Funding Compact with mutual and balanced commitments from Member States and the UN Development System. The Funding Compact is a vital element of the UNDS reform. It should lead to concrete results and increase the transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the System, while ensuring its sustainable financing, including for the reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system.

Madam DSG,

The EU and its Member States have supported the Secretary-General and your reform efforts from the outset,, and we remain committed to work towards a UN Development System that is fit for the purpose of supporting countries implement the 2030 Agenda. We particularly commend your team's engagement with a wide representation of the membership and the focus on greater visibility of the critical results that the UN achieves on the ground.

Madam DSG,

In May, the membership of the United Nations unanimously adopted resolution 72/279. All Member States have to accept their responsibility for the success of this reform. To this effect, we encourage everyone to make their best effort to contribute to the financing of the System, and in particular the funding of the Resident Coordinator System. The Funding Compact must be as inclusive as possible to reflect the universal investment we all have in achieving Agenda 2030.

It is easy to regularly deliver statements on the commitment to the United Nations: with multilateralism under pressure, the time to show it is now.  

Let me also make an important point on visibility. Visibility of support to the UN Development System and its current reform effort is vital for both donors and programme countries. In addition, Member States need to be able to take stock of each other's contributions. We should therefore reflect on progress across all Member States’ contributions as part of the annual reporting on the Funding Compact

Madam DSG,

We look forward to completing the work on the Funding Dialogue in the constructive spirit in which it was started. The Funding Compact needs to be aspirational and at the same time concrete. Commitments by Member States and UNDS are formulated at the collective level. On the basis of this compact, each Member State and UNDS entity will need to determine where and how they can and need to contribute to the collective outcome. An important element is to ensure that the commitments agreed can be monitored. SMART indicators, baselines and targets will be crucial to ensure the proper follow-up.

Finally, we would like to reiterate that the commitments proposed in the Funding Compact are already mandated in the 2016 QCPR and in GA resolution 72/279. We must now seize the historical opportunity and collectively make change real. The EU and its Member States remain determined to play an important role in this endeavour.

Madam DSG,

Please allow me to thank you, ASG Piper and your teams once again for all your hard work, and congratulate you on the distance travelled thus far. We look forward to arriving at our final destination early in the New Year.

I thank you.


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