2002 UN Pledging Conference
for Development Activities
1st Meeting (AM)
AT PLEDGING CONFERENCE, 20 COUNTRIES PLEDGE FUNDING FOR
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
Twenty Member States pledged their contributions to support the development activities of the United Nations system this morning, during the annual Pledging Conference for Development Activities.
Opening this year’s conference, Patrizio Civili, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, noted that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had projected an upward trend in support levels, building on the turnaround in 2001. Nonetheless, the regular resource base for UNDP remained fragile with core contributions continuing to represent the bedrock of its work. As of 30 September, $580 million had been received by UNDP out of an estimated total of $683 million.
In 2001, he continued, regular contributions to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) amounted to $351 million. Total regular resource contributions had declined by 2 per cent in 2001 and if those declining trends were not reversed, UNICEF’s ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals would be severely hampered.
He said that core resources for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) had been $305 million in 1995 and had remained above $300 million in 1996, following which they had begun to decline. This year, the Fund had had to adjust its programmes due to substantial reductions by two major donors. In 2001, however, the World Food Programme (WFP) had received $1.9 billion, the highest amount in its history. The pledging target approved by the WFP Board for 2003-2004 was $2.4 billion.
Across the board, he said, although contributions from non-traditional donors continued to fluctuate, they constituted an important part of the donor base. He emphasized the need to ensure that resource mobilization efforts were harmonized with internationally agreed goals.
Pledging contributions this morning were the representatives of Venezuela, Morocco, Bangladesh, China, Estonia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, India, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iran, Israel, Russian Federation, Maldives, Bhutan, Lesotho, Algeria, Cape Verde, United Republic of Tanzania, Kuwait and Singapore.
The representatives of Mauritania, Malaysia, United States, Mexico, Djibouti and Jordan also made statements.
At the outset of the meeting, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury (Bangladesh) was elected President of the 2002 Pledging Conference for Development Activities and Abdul Mejid Hussein (Ethiopia) was elected Vice-President.
Criminal Justice Fund $5,000
Voluntary Fund for Indigenous People$5,000
United Nations Habitat $43,195
Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture$5,000
UNDP 1,750,000 dirhams
United Nations Habitat $3,000
Voluntary Fund for the Handicapped$4,000
Special Fund for Crime Prevention $2,000
Special Fund for Development of Africa$5,000
UNDP Local Office Cost 1,100,000 taka
UN Capital Development Fund $3,500
United Nations Volunteers $1,000
United Nations Habitat $1,500
UNDP $3.7 million
UNDP Local Office 2.5 million yuan
UNFPA Local Office 300,000 yuan
UNICEF $1.15 million
UNICEF Local Office 500,000 yuan
United Nations Volunteers $30,000
United Nations Capital Development Fund$30,000
UNIDO $450,000 and
International Investment of UNCTAD $20,000
Generalized Preferential System of UNCTAD$10,000
OCHA 300,000 kroons
UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous
Populations 150,000 kroons
UN Voluntary Fund for the
International Decade of the
World’s Indigenous People 150,000 kroons
UNICEF 300,000 kroons
UNHCR 300,000 kroons
UNFPA 30,000 kroons
UNDP 300,000 kroons
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
United Nations Capital Development Fund $1,500
UNDP 1,080,000 kyats
UNFPA 60,000 kyats
United Nations Capital Development Fund $5,000
UNDP $4.5 million
WFP $1.92 million
UNICEF 31 million Rupees
UNFPA 9 million Rupees
UNIFEM 509,000 Rupees
INSTRAW 50,000 Rupees
United Nations Habitat $80,000
United Nations Crime Prevention Fund $3,000
UNRWA 225,000 Rupees
United Nations Volunteers $15,000
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
United Nations Habitat $7,500
United Nations Volunteers $5,000
United Nations Habitat $100,000
United Nations Capital Development Fund $2,000
United Nations Capital Development Fund $3,750
United Nations Volunteers $1,900
UNDP Local Office 360,000 maloti
UNFPA 8,927 maloti
UNCDP 4,231 maloti
United Nations Volunteers 4,231 maloti
UNIFEM 3,685 maloti
UNICEF 23,623 maloti
UNFPA $10,000 and
Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture$5,000
United Nations Emergency Fund $10,000
Fund to Combat Desertification $3,500
United Nations Habitat $10,000
Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations$5,000
United Nations Decade for
Indigenous People $5,000
United Republic of Tanzania
Special Fund for Victims of Torture $10,000
UNEP Trust Fund $10,000
THORAYA OBAID, Executive Director of UNFPA, thanked all delegations for their pledges, noting that their commitments of support were a source of encouragement for all agencies. The affirmation of support was meaningful since it came from many developing countries. In 2002, the Fund had stepped up efforts to expand its donor base and had 115 donors to date. Resources had decreased dramatically after the International Conference on Population and Development, she noted, stressing the importance of the core resources that enabled UNFPA to carry out its mandate.
The representative of UNDP said that while political support in favour of United Nations funds and programmes seemed to have been renewed, funding remained substantially below the levels required to fulfil mandates. Core resources remained the bedrock of funding and the challenge was still the translation of political support into financial resources. In the past few years, UNDP had undergone reform in order to serve its country partners better and the multi-year funding framework was at the heart of that reform.
UNICEF’s representative expressed his support to those who said the agency’s Executive Board had decided to undertake a separate pledging event, which would be held in January 2003. For those unable to pledge today, UNICEF looked forward to hearing from them in January. The ratio between regular resources and other resources continued to decline, with regular resources having constituted only 45 per cent of the total in 2001, he said.
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