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United Nations

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what documents his Department has published on UN reform since 2003. (113195)

In July 2006, DFID published its White Paper “Making governance work for the poor” in which UK’s commitment to reform of the international development system, including the UN, was set out. Achievements in working towards a reformed UN are detailed in our departmental reports.

In 2005, we published an overview of the Multilateral Effectiveness Framework (MEFF) designed to help us monitor the organisational effectiveness of international bodies including UN agencies.

DFID’s Institutional Strategies with UN agencies include our reform commitments with the respective agency. Some examples include: “Working in Partnership with UNDP” published in November 2005 and the “UNICEF Joint Institutional Approach” published in September 2006.

New country assistance plans will include UN reform objectives to ensure that our commitments are fully integrated into our work at the country level.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from his Department are on the staff of the UK’s delegation to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission’s Organisational Committee; and if he will make a statement. (113197)

The UK is a strong supporter of the newly established Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). Policy lead on the PBC is shared by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and DFID. DFID funds the First Secretary post in the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York which covers the PBC and attends the PBC’s Organisational Committee as part of the UK delegation. In addition, DFID, as well as the FCO, has staff in London, Sierra Leone and Burundi working on the issues covered by the PBC.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in his Department are attached to the United Kingdom's delegation to the United Nations; and if he will make a statement. (113201)

There are currently six officials funded by DFID attached to the United Kingdom’s delegations to the United Nations. Of these, two are based in Rome, two in Geneva, one in Paris and one in New York.