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The United Nations We Want: Delivering as One Conference closes

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speeches1Tirana, 29 June 2012 – At the closing of the Fifth High Level Conference on Delivering as One today, Government representatives from more than 40 countries, representatives from donors and senior UN officials expressed their strong commitment to take ‘Delivering as One’ beyond the current stage and to bring about a more coherent, efficient and effective United Nations development system.

In his speech, the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edmond Haxhinasto noted: “Today, with the outcome document that we have just adopted, we are developing a blueprint on how the operational activities of the United Nations could be delivered with higher efficiency in the benefit not only for a part of the member countries but for the wider membership.”

“We can proudly say that our efforts have proved right, our determination has paid off and Delivering as One is set to become “the path of change” that – we hope – will drive the UN development assistance in the years to come,” Mr. Haxhinasto said in his concluding remarks.
In their closing statement, development partners welcomed the outcome document and its concrete recommendations.

“We as development partners fully recognize the important role we have to play in reducing fragmentation and ensuring coherence in our own approach to enhance the sustainability of the Delivering as One process. Now, more than ever, we need to take a fresh look at how we engage with the UN development system, including how we support sustainable funding to deliver better results. We acknowledge that predictable, flexible, multi-year and un-earmarked funding is a catalyst for reform,” development partners emphasized in their joint statement.
“The rationale for DaO is that by working together, development impact can be improved. Let us seize this opportunity, through the QCPR, to ensure that the UN is delivering effectively and efficiently to produce maximum development results on the ground, with agencies operating under their comparative advantage,” development partners stressed.

The final Outcome Document includes a number of concrete recommendations.

It also states: “We reaffirm that Delivering as One (DaO) constitutes an important and unique reform initiative for achieving a more coherent, efficient and effective UN, as the most legitimate, universal and representative forum to address the global development agenda. Through sharing best practices and lessons learned, we have highlighted the benefits of the DaO process, have identified the challenges encountered in its implementation and have built a process upon the experience gained, aiming at the same time to mobilize wide-spread support to those efforts in helping to reinforce delivering of better development results at country level.”

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