Speech by Ms. Costanza Farina UN Resident Coordinator UNDAF Launching event 12 September 2012

12 Sep 2012

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Honorable Minister of Planning and International Cooperation

Members of the Government and of national institutions

Distinguished Ambassadors and representatives of the international community

Dear colleagues, ladies and gentleman

On behalf of the UN Country Team in Jordan it is my privilege to welcome you very warmly to the launching of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the next programming cycle 2013-2017.

I would like to extend to all of you my personal thanks for your participation today in this special event that both the Jordanian Government and the United Nations are witnessing today.

In my capacity as the UN Resident Coordinator in Jordan, I feel honored to be able to share with you this strategic document which represents the result of a one year and a half- long, inclusive and participatory process.

The launching of the UNDAF certainly marks a new chapter in the already solid partnership established over the years between the Government of Jordan and the UN family, reaffirming the mutual commitment to work in a concerted and effective manner.

Within the context of the reinvigorated UN reform to “Deliver as One”, the UNDAF constitutes a robust mechanism to foster coherence, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency within the UN development system, particularly at the country level, and to reduce transaction costs on the national government.

The UNDAF has been valued as the strategic planning instrument of the UN system aimed at improving focus on results and promoting better division of labour within the UN system, thus reducing potential duplication of activities and competition for funding.

The concrete implementation of the UNDAF strategic objectives will entail drawing on the capacities of all organizations and exploring and capitalizing on opportunities for synergies and complementarities in the work of the UN Country team with a view to achieve greater development impact.

While my UNDP colleague Ms Majida Al Assaf will provide in a few moments a more in depth presentation of the UNDAF process, I wish to highlight what I consider the key feature of this document, namely a strong national ownership.

This ownership proved to be the sine qua non condition to ensure an UNDAF that is fully responsive to, and aligned with, the Jordanian national plans and strategies. The UN Country team has been privileged to enjoy such a high level of engagement from the government and line ministries, as well the civil society and other stakeholders.

I wish to convey my personal appreciation and the expression of my thanks first of all to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation for the essential coordinating role it played in this process and I would also like to recognize and commend all our partners and stakeholders for their interest and commitment.

Esteemed colleagues,

Today’s event takes place at a critical time for both the region and for Jordan.

We are all aware of the multiple challenges facing Jordan at this juncture, while the international community and the UN system have expressed their readiness to provide support according to the most appropriate modalities.

The Syrian crisis and its impact on Jordan’s infrastructures, national budget, economy and society (just to mention a few aspects) are strongly felt.

The UN humanitarian agencies, in close cooperation with the relevant Jordanian institutions, have mobilized to the best of their capacity and are scaling up their support within the context of the “Syria humanitarian response plan”, both in Jordan and in the sub-region, to respond to the ever increasing speed and magnitude of the crisis.

We hope that a wider political space could be developed, so that a political solution addressing the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people could be reached.

On the other hand, we should not forget that more than a decade ago Jordan embarked on a process of social, political and economic reforms. Accelerated efforts are being invested on this, including in the preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

In this rapidly changing landscape, the UNDAF will serve as the shared platform to shape the contributions that the UN system can make on a mid and long term basis for the achievement of national priorities.

Let me know take this opportunity to say a few words about the Post-2015 development agenda.

Since the Millennium Declaration, unanimously endorsed by the UN Member States in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have defined the common framework for priorities for the development community.

While the UN system globally must continue to provide support to accelerate the MDGs achievement by the target date, many of you may be aware that the discussion on the development agenda that will build on the MDGs after 2015 has already started, including during the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in June in Brazil.

You may recall that on 31 July, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a 26-member High-level Panel of Eminent Persons, which should provide recommendations on a global post 2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and the sustainable development at its core. Her Royal Majesty Queen Rania was nominated for this prominent role as a member of the Panel.

At the same time, UN Secretary General stated that: “the post -2015 development framework is likely to have the best impact if it emerges from an inclusive, open and transparent process with multiple stakeholders participation.

To this end, and as part of a larger UN strategy to facilitate this process, the first round of “national consultations” will take place in 50 selected countries.

These consultations, equally involving men and women, will stimulate discussions, garner ideas and inputs from a broad base of civil society, academia, private sector, marginalized and vulnerable groups and others previously left out, and, therefore will contribute to build a shared and far-reaching global vision on “the Future we want”.

I am pleased to share that Jordan was selected among the first 50 countries in the world and among the 6 countries in the Arab Region to carry out such national consultations.

The UN Country Team Jordan has been tasked to facilitate the process and will do so in coordination with, and relying on the engagement of, the relevant Jordanian organizations.

I consider this as a unique opportunity and I look forward to a focused dialogue and fruitful exchanges that will create synergies between the national consultations and Her Royal Majesty’s mission.

Let me conclude now by, first of all, thanking all the organizers of this event both from the Ministry of Planning and the UN team, they have done a really superb job, and by quoting a short paragraph from the address given by UN Secretary General at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, but which I find very relevant to the UNDAF process as well:

and I quote…

“Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. And it has

given us the tools to build with. The work starts now.”

I thank you for your attention