Commission économique et financière de l’ONU (Deuxième Commission), le 2 novembre 2004 – 2004/11/02
The members of the UN Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) held a round table discussion recently to examine development funding planning and reflect more broadly on UN cooperation in development, including the organization’s resources, the results obtained, and necessary reforms. At the end of the meeting, the Commission issued a press release stating that bilateral funding should not come at the detriment of UN development programs, and that the organization needed to regain its comparative advantage over the Bretton Woods institutions by improving the coherency of its initiatives. During the meeting, Mark Malloch Brown, head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), told the EFC and the head of the UN Development Group (UNDG) representing UN specialized agencies, funds, and programs for development operations in the South “Planning for development funding has primarily been conducted at the bilateral level in recent years. We need to ask ourselves why the UN system, which is the primary engine for development in numerous countries, is being increasingly sidetracked and not receiving the funding it needs from donor countries and the Bretton Woods institutions.”
Speaking on the issue of globalization and interdependence, US representative Yousif Ghafari stressed the importance of promoting criteria for governance that would allow developing countries to make better use of the resources available to them to foster a climate more favorable to investment and business development. He also acknowledged the importance of cultural diversity and expressed hopes that the UNESCO convention would seek to promote diversity at every level, and not by protecting culture through trade restrictions. He added that he was concerned that the current draft put a negative emphasis on cultural diversity.
Delegations from the following countries were also present: Bangladesh, Switzerland, Kenya, Azerbaidjan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Morocco, Malaysia, Brazil (representing the Rio Group), Ecuador, Zambia, Nepal, Libya, Oman, St. Kitts and Nevis (representing CARICOM), Pakistan, Jordan, Croatia, Panama, Vietnam, and Sweden. (Available in French)