Statement of Iceland - Evaluation of UNDP
The Permanent Mission of Iceland
to the United Nations
Mr. Nikulás Hannigan
Deputy Permanent Representative
Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS
Second Regular Session 2015
Agenda Item 6 - Evaluation
I am honored to make this statement on behalf of Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and my own country, Iceland.
We have carefully studied the Evaluation of UNDP Contribution to Gender Equality and Women´s Empowerment and UNDP´s Management Response.
We welcome the overall findings of the evaluation and the management response to the recommendations made. It is very promising to see the significant improvements made by the UNDP during the 2008-13 strategic plan period the IEO has reviewed. We are confident that the evaluation will be used to further strengthen UNDP´s work in this field and reinforce the implementation of the current gender strategy.
Allow me to highlight a few points.
Firstly, we urge UNDP to take the necessary steps so as to comply with the targets of the current strategy. With respect to resources, the target of ensuring that 15% of resources contribute to gender equality should be the floor and not the ceiling of UNDP’s ambition. All of UNDP’s work must be gender-sensitive, not just those projects linked to outcome four in the Integrated Results and Resources Framework. The ongoing work to integrate gender analysis into the planning of UNDP interventions and as a part of the quality assurance process is in our mind key to achieve this.
Second – the Gender Marker. The gender marker can be an effective tool to track and report. We are keen for UNDP to utilize the Gender Marker for planning, given further improvement in its reliability to capture financial expenditure and allocations. We therefore welcome UNDP´s ongoing work to improve the use and accuracy of the gender marker, especially in ensuring that gender analysis leads to improved programmes.
Third - the Gender Seal, which we find one of the most promising new processes that UNDP has brought forward in the last years and is recognized as such in the evaluation. As the Gender Seal process enters a critical post-pilot phase we appreciate plans to assess and review the Seal. We eventually hope to see it rolled out in as many country offices as possible. While we agree the Seal should be voluntary, we value UNDP’s efforts to incentivize adoption.
Fourthly, we urge UNDP to stronger align its resources and programming to support gender equality and women´s empowerment, and to consider integrating the gender equality strategy as part of the next strategic plan, taking into account benefits of a strong operational guidance document.
Furthermore, while advancing its work in the field of Gender Equality it is of utmost importance that UNDP continues good cooperation with other UN agencies, especially UN Women. Nowhere is this more important than at the country level.
Finally, we want to see UNDP live its values by striving for gender equality in its workforce. We keen to read UNDP’s Office of Human Resources’ forthcoming gender-parity strategy.
To conclude, we are encouraged with the work UNDP has done to strengthen mechanisms, processes and better culture to advance gender equality and women´s empowerment in the work of UNDP at all levels. Quoting our Administrator at the recent World Assembly of Women in Japan: “Equal rights and opportunities enable women to reach their full potential, make their own choices, and make substantial and lasting contributions to their communities and nations. Their contributions are essential for building inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies as the new global sustainable development agenda calls on us to do.”
We wish UNDP management and staff at all levels every success in carrying this important task forward.
Thank you Mr. President.