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OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES SEGMENT OF ECOSOC
13 July - 17 JULY 2012
New York

STATEMENTS

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Friday, 13 July

Opening

Panel discussion
Perspectives from programme countries: Dialogue with representatives of programme countries on progress in enhancing relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of UN development system since the 2007 comprehensive policy review of the General Assembly

Moderator: Astrid Helle Ajamay, Deputy Director General, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Panellists:

  • H.E. Viviana Caro, Minister of Planning and Development, Bolivia
  • H.E. Isa Tuwaijri, Minister, Ministry of Planning, Libya
  • H.E. Julio Raudales, Minister, Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, Honduras
  • H.E. Somchit Inthamith, Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Admasu Gedamu, Director, UN Agencies and Regional Economic Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia

Panel discussion
How to ensure that the sum total of the UN development system is larger than its constituent parts: role of coordination processes?

Session 1: What measures are required to strengthen the UNDAF process and the UN Resident Coordinator System in order to best exploit synergy among UN entities?

Moderator: Werner Puschra, Executive Director, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung- New York Office

Panellists:

  • Servacius Beda Likwelile, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Tanzania
  • Anouparb Vongnorkeo, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Ogranizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Walubita Imakando, Director, Development Cooperation and International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Zambia

Session 2: How can UN entities best exploit synergy in the area of administrative services at country-level: challenges and opportunities?

Moderator: Jens Wandel, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Management, UNDP, Co-chair, UNDG Joint Funding and Business Operations Network

Panellists:

  • H.E. Antonio Pedro Monteiro Lima, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent
    Representative to the United Nations, Cape Verde
  • Alberic Kacou, UN Resident Coordinator, Tanzania
  • Christian Schornich, UN Business Practices Expert

Monday, 16 July

Dialogue with Executive Heads of UN Funds and Programmes:
Is the UN development system more relevant, effective and efficient than it was five years ago? What will be the strategic priorities of the UN development system in the next QCPR cycle?

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Desra Percaya, Vice-President, ECOSOC

Panellists:

Guest Speaker:

  • Jan Mattsson, Executive Director, UNOPS
  • Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Panel discussion

Learning by doing: lessons from the “delivering-as-one” initiative

Session 1: Findings from the independent evaluation of “delivering- as-one”

Presentation of the report of the independent evaluation of “delivering-as-one” initiative

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Desra Percaya, Vice-President, ECOSOC

Presenters:

  • Liliam Flores, Chair, Evaluation Management Group
  • Istvan Posta, Member, Evaluation Management Group (JIU)
  • Belen Sanz , Member, Evaluation Management Group (UNEG)

Session 2: Achievements and remaining challenges for “delivering-as -one”: messages from Tirana and Montevideo

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Desra Percaya, Vice-President, ECOSOC

Presenter:

  • Gazmend Turdiu, Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Albania
  • H.E. Diego Canepa, ProSecretary of the Office of the President, President of the Uruguayan Agency of International Cooperation, Chair of the Fourth Intergovernmental Conference on Delivering-as-One, November 2011, Montevideo, Uruguay

Tuesday, 17 July

Dialogue with Chairs of Executive Boards of Funds and Programmes
How can Executive Boards foster enhanced policy coherence among the funds and programmes in areas such as reporting on development results, programming and common administrative services at the country-level?

Moderator: Douglas Lindores, former Chair, UNDP Executive Board

Panellists:

  • H.E. Fernando Fernandez-Arias, Vice President, UN Women Executive Board
  • H.E. Shobhana K. Pattanayak, President, WFP Executive Board (via video link)
  • H.E. Macharia Kamau, Vice President, UNICEF Executive Board
  • Candida Novak Hornakova, Vice President, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board
  • Informal Summary

Report Presentation: Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment

Presenter: Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women

General debate: Conclusions and recommendations for the QCPR

Summary of key messages from the Operational Activities Segment and concluding remarks

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