Statement by H.E. Mr. Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations. Second session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board. UNDP Segment. 30 August 2021

Madam President,

Esteemed Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, distinguished members of the Executive Board and other delegations,

We thank Administrator Steiner for his comprehensive presentation and the members of the Bureau and the Secretariat for the preparations for this session.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the results achieved by UNDP in support of my country's national development efforts and in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are grateful for the consultations convened by UNDP to brief on preparations for the Strategic Plan 2022-2025. We consider that the new Strategic Plan provides a good overall basis for the entity's work over the next cycle, outlining a comprehensive pathway to accelerate and scale up development results, including in support of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We also appreciate that several of our comments and recommendations were included in the final draft of the Strategic Plan.

We welcome the fact that the new Plan carries on UNDP's work through six signature solutions, which are consistent with the entity's capacities and role within the UN system. We also support that UNDP will be based on the policy and programming priorities of governments within the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and that poverty eradication, in all its forms and dimensions, will continue to be at the core of its work.

We support the strengthening of the focus on groups of countries in special situations, including SIDS, as well as countries facing specific challenges, such as "middle-income" countries, in line with the recently adopted Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities.

We appreciate the document's emphasis on South-South cooperation. We favor new actions during the new cycle to enhance this modality of cooperation, including in the fight against COVID-19. We also consider the emphasis on resilience, partnerships, environment and the fight against climate change to be relevant.

We stress the need for the new Plan to have adequate, predictable and flexible resources to enable UNDP to carry out its mandate.

We note that the draft still contains some concepts that do not enjoy consensus among the Member States. We would have preferred the use of definitions that enjoy full consensus, as reflected in relevant documents such as the latest approved quadrennial review. 

In conclusion, I reiterate my delegation's support and commitment to the work and mandate of UNDP in this new cycle.

Thank you.