Statement of H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and Vice-President of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS at the Joint Segment of the Annual Session 2021 of the Executive Board , 07 June 2021

I thank you Madame President.

The focus of this joint segment on UNDS repositioning is timely.  We thank the UNDP for its progress report on the implementation of this Agenda.

We see UNDS repositioning as a continuous process. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced this notion once again. We have seen how our decades of development gains are falling apart.  The UNDS repositioning should now be tailored to trigger a rapid, resilient, and inclusive global recovery.

Let me share a few specific thoughts in this regard:

First, we wish to see tangible examples of efficiency gains on the ground. Over the last two years, the UNDS has rolled out a more empowered RC system, reinvigorated UNCT, and streamlined reporting relations. We would like to know how these reforms have helped to free up resources, avoid duplications of efforts, and contributed to better implementation of 2030 Agenda at country level.

Second, the rolling out of 150 SEIEs (Socio-Economic Impact Assessments) amid the pandemic is a commendable progress. Yet the FFD gaps to implement those remain quite high. How does the UNDS plan to achieve its objectives in an increasingly resource constraints scenario?

Third, the UN repositioning requires constant resource delivery and stewardship of the Member States. And it needs multistakeholder partnerships for its success.  COVAX is an important example in this regard. It has potentials to bridge the burgeoning vaccines divides. Yet its efforts are proving to be far too inadequate. We need more global solidarity to solve this issue. The COVID-19 vaccines must be declared a global public good. Vaccine’s technologies should be immediately transferred to developing countries with maximum flexibility.

Finally, the UNCT must align its work with national priorities for SDGs implementation and building resilience against current and future shocks. Strong reporting and accountability mechanisms must be an integral part of UN’s engagement at country level.

I thank you all.