Statement by Mr. Fazlı Çorman, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, at the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Annual Session

Fazlı Çorman 29.05.2009
Mr. President,

At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your able leadership throughout your Presidency. I would also like to thank the Administrator, Mrs. Helen Clark for her insightfull statement this morning. We believe that Mrs. Clark will bring to the UNDP a wealth of experience and knowledge, that she has amassed through her long-standing career. We are confident that under her able guidance and committed leadership UNDP will continue to play a prominent role in the global development agenda. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to the former Administrator of the UNDP, Mr. Kemal Derviş for his leadership and tireless work to carry the UNDP forward.

Turkey greatly appreciates the leadership of the UNDP in tackling the developmental challenges of our time. UNDP's work is essential to advance human development. Faced with a severe economic and financial crisis, we believe that UNDP's activities are more crucial than ever to achieve the internationally agreed development goals including MDGs.

Mr. President,

We believe that development cooperation should be demand-driven and pursued on the basis of national strategies.While strengthening the coordinating role of the UNDP, we should avoid transforming it into an organization which merely dictates development policies. The operational role of the UNDP should be carefully safeguarded.

In this context, we are pleased to see that with the implementation of 'Delivering as One' approach, UN development system is becoming a more effective and coherent one.

Mr. President,

For Turkey, significant areas of cooperation with the UNDP are the umbrella programs under which the UN delivers the opportunity to developing countries for the enhancement of cooperation among each other.

We welcome UNDP's enhanced focus on South-South cooperation and we believe that it should entail the sharing of best practices and experiences, rather than the provision of technical assistance. Within this framework, Turkey wishes to further enhance its contributions to South-South cooperation, through sharing its capacity and experiences.

Mr. President,

We believe that the international community should continue to increase its efforts to address the challenges in the field of global development by supporting developing countries particularly in the areas of capacity building and financial assistance. In this respect, Turkey has pledged 3 million Dollars within the framework of UNDP Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacities of Tomorrow (ELECT) programme in Afghanistan.

Another area of priority for Turkey is gender equality and women's empowerment. These cross-cutting issues should be fully intergrated, applied and adequately resourced into the international community's efforts towards achieving sustainable development.

Lastly, Mr. President, we think that Member States, which are in a position to do so, should assume more responsibility in the fight against poverty. The current financial and economic crisis should not be an excuse to backtrack our commitments. In this respect, I want to reiterate Turkey's firm commitment to UNDP's mandate.

Thank you.