Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations (UN) have signed a grant agreement worth $2mn over a period of two years, for the core budget of the reinvigorated resident co-ordinator system in the context of the reform of the UN development system to better support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, signed the agreement on behalf of QFFD.
The resident co-ordinator system serves as the cornerstone of a repositioned UN development system, which will drive coherence and integration of UN development action on the ground on a scale that responds to national needs and priorities, and work with UN specialised agencies, funds and programmes to enhance accountability, transparency and reporting on results at the country level, according to a press statement.
The contribution of QFFD will complement resources in the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund specifically set up for this purpose, the statement notes.
“The main objective of Qatar Fund for Development is to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development,” said Khalifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari, director-general of QFFD. “The contribution for the reinvigorated resident co-ordinator system is a big step towards achieving this goal. We are proud to co-operate with this important partner to contribute and enhance accountability, transparency, achieve results across the United Nations system and provide greater incentives for
United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina J Mohamed, Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, said: “The United Nations development system reform and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be carried out by everyone, United Nations and member states alike. Voluntary contributions by member states, such as by the Qatar Fund for Development, are fundamental to strengthening our structures and operations for more
impactful results for people.
“This contribution to the set-up of the new, reinvigorated resident co-ordinator system will ensure that the UN is more effective, cohesive and accountable in supporting countries’
efforts to achieve the SDGs.”
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