As reform of the United Nations development system continues — aiming to reinvigorate and fund a stalled and even backsliding 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — the support of resident coordinator and country teams systems remains crucial in coordinating national policies and action on the ground, speakers today told the Economic and Social Council as it continued its annual operational activities for development session.
Albert Ranganai Chimbindi (Zimbabwe), Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, opened the session, which aimed to discuss how the United Nations development system can best support countries in putting in place integrated and transformative policies to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals — learning from host Governments, resident coordinators and United Nations country teams what is needed to ensure a whole-of-system approach to rescue the Goals, and how global initiatives are helping to consolidate in-country work under the leadership of resident coordinators.
The Council then held four interactive panel discussions, the first focusing in-depth on a case study from the Republic of Moldova, addressing the issue that leap-frogging transformative action requires leaving behind a siloed approach. The discussions aimed to consider the value-added of the United Nations country teams and resident coordinator system, and how reforms are being harnessed towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
The second panel featured a case study from Viet Nam. Moderated by Ms. Rodrigues-Birkett (Guyana), it featured panellists Dang Hoang Giang (Viet Nam); Pauline Fatima Tamesis, Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam; and Ingrid Christensen, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Viet Nam.
The first of the two afternoon panels took up the theme “Boosting tailored United Nations responses to diverse country contexts”. Moderated by Teburoro Tito (Kiribati), it featured panellists Rabab Fatima, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Ozonnia Ojielo, Resident Coordinator in Rwanda; and Inka Mattila, Resident Representative of UNDP in the Dominican Republic.
The Council then turned to the panel focused on the theme “Funding of the United Nations Development System: Implementation of the Funding Compact”. Moderated by Ulrika Modéer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of UNDP, it featured panellists Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Development Coordination Office; Anna-Karin Eneström (Sweden); and Stephen Jackson, Resident Coordinator of Kenya.
The Economic and Social Council will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 25 May, to conclude its annual operational activities for development segment.