ECOSOC: General Debate

Statement on behalf of Norway by Director for Section of UN Policies Mr. Hans Jacob Frydelund in Economic and Social Council Operational Segment, 27 February, 1 March 2018.



As a major contributor to the UN development system, Norway wants to see better common results and enhanced efficiency gains. We support the vision of the Secretary General for further reform. Five comments in this regard:

First, we welcome the proposal on a new generation of country teams, based on the agreed priorities of the UNDAF. We should also keep in mind the role of the UN country team as carrier of the values of the Charter and international norms and standards.

Second, member states have to make sure that we get an impartial Resident Coordinator with authority. This includes, inter alia, a reporting line from country representatives to the Resident Coordinator and substantially enhanced joint resource mobilization. We could even try to stretch beyond what the QCPR asks for. Moreover, we must ensure sufficient and predictable funding of the RC-system.

Third, accountability is crucial for achieving results as well as for enhancing confidence in the UN. We feel confident that the Secretary General will ensure that leaders at all levels, in particular the senior management, are made accountable for common results and engagement in the reform efforts.

Fourth, we recognize that reform also puts demands on member states. We see the proposal to establish a Funding Compact as an opportunity to reverse the trend of increasingly fragmented funding. Better delivery at country level – in terms of well-documented common results and cost-savings - will be the litmus test for the success of the reforms. Norway suggests including such commitments. The mutual commitments must be concrete, and monitored.  Norway remains committed to engage in the further funding dialogue.

Fifth, the overall reform efforts also require that the UN development system as a whole and all entities implement all provisions of the QCPR. The annual report of the Secretary General shows that there is a way to go.

One example is the limited ability to track resources used for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Gender mainstreaming is a prerequisite for sustainable development and for ensuring that “no one is left behind”. We expect stronger – and concerted – efforts in this regard.

Thank you.