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Millennium Development Goals

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009


My honourable friend the Minister of State for International Development (Gareth Thomas) has made the following Statement.

The new White Paper Eliminating World Poverty: Building our Common Future sets out the Government’s vision of a more focused and effective UN that plans, manages and delivers “as one” for the world’s most vulnerable people. The Government’s intention is to put more of our funding through system-wide mechanisms that encourage a joined-up, efficient and effective UN effort.

Today I am confirming a pledge that I made at the 2008 MDG high-level event to provide £40 million (over 2009 to 2011) through the new UN MDG “Delivering as One” Fund. This new facility, developed jointly with Spain, Norway and the Netherlands, will fund UN-led development work in countries where UN agencies have agreed one programme, one budget, shared back-office services and one strong leader. Experience over recent years indicates that this approach leads to a stronger, more effective and efficient UN at country level, better able to support developing countries’ national programmes to meet the MDGs. So far, 12 developing countries have adopted this “one UN” approach and others are expected to follow. UK funding will be closely linked to performance to ensure that the new fund contributes to improved efficiency and effectiveness in the UN’s work.