Executive Board of the UNDP and UNFPA
As this is my first intervention before the Executive Board, I wish to take the opportunity to join other delegations in congratulating you on your election as President, and wishing you and other members of the Bureau success in your important mission.
We thank and congratulate the Administrator for a very comprehensive and incisive Annual Report for the year 2003.
Romania welcomes the results-based management approach and progress achieved by UNDP in the last year, the new vision for UNDP as advice and advocacy programme for poverty reduction and spearhead of United Nations reform at the country level. From poverty reduction to crisis prevention and post-conflict rehabilitation, from energy and the environment to democratic governance, UNDP is now playing a much more effective role in addressing the world's biggest development challenges.
My delegation also takes note of the growing emphasis on activities aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The 2000 - 2003 Business Plans state clearly that no development agency can do the work alone. We do believe that an effective and coherent work of UNDP with other relevant UN agencies and programmes, particularly of UN Development Group chaired by the Administrator, should contribute significantly to national efforts to attain these goals. In addition, the new integrated Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), place the MDGs at the country level. In this context, better coordination and harmonization of the implementation of various programs and activities at country level are of particular importance.
Romania is steadily progressing through negotiations and overall preparation for European Union accession. During 2003, Romania achieved positive results, particularly as regards macroeconomic stabilization. The combination of strong economic growth, disinflation and a declining current account deficit constitutes significant progress, which has been made possible by the adoption of a stability-oriented policy and by the expansion of Romanian exports.
Romania's first Millennium Development Goals Report, prepared with the assistance of the UN System in Romania, and launched last February in Bucharest, assesses the UN Implementation stage in Romania and draws on the national development strategy and establishes country tailored objectives and targets to be achieved by 2015, the sustained economic growth and poverty reduction, the quality of democratic governance, environment and environmental policy, communication and information technology. It is also regarded as a tool for accelerating progress by establishing quantitative goals in areas like health and education.
It is worthwhile mentioning the compatibility of this document with the initiative of President of Romania, to build up a "National Strategy for Sustainable Development for 2004-2025", which is meant to be a genuine national alliance for sustainable development, capable of lending continuity, coherence and substance to economic and social development processes.
The Report evaluates, on one hand, the Romanian society's comprehensive accommodation to the United Europe project, by analyzing the fulfillment of European criteria, and, on the other hand, the future contribution to the globalization process.
Romanian society today is making unprecedented efforts to overcome the legacy of its adverse history. This is a continuous challenge to the perseverance of our collective and individual commitment. The MDGs Report is a clear-cut instrument for harnessing skills and sustaining change, for generating solidarity between citizens and government around a vision of the prosperous society we all want to be a part of.
The MDGs Report, as well as the new UNDAF for Romania (2005-2009), reveal the beginning of a different kind of partnership between Romania, as a future EU member, and the UN agencies. This partnership relies both on the new vision of the UN agencies directed to supporting the EU accession process of Romania, and on our country's assuming in the near future the status of donor for development assistance.
Coming to a conclusion, I wish to renew our readiness to strengthen further the cooperation with UNDP, which provides important support to Romania. In this respect, we would like to praise the work of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS for the excellent initiatives in Romania and the role, which the UNDP Country Office is playing in implementing them in the context of the Second Country Cooperation Framework (2000 - 2004) and the future Country Programme Document for Romania (2005 - 2009).
We are pleased to acknowledge that the activity of the UNDP Resident Representative in Bucharest is well integrated in the trend aimed at promoting the development of UNDP as a practice-driven Organization, and responds to national needs in a specific development situation from a sustainable human development perspective by taking into account lessons learned from the first Country Cooperation Framework for Romania, on-going CCF and the common country assessment (CCA) in November 2003.
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