I am speaking on behalf of Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
We welcome WHO’s report on its collaboration within the United Nations system and with other intergovernmental organizations. A strong commitment to a more efficient, effective and coherent UN system is essential for achieving maximum development results.
Effective coordination among UN agencies – as well as of course with other relevant actors - is an essential element of these efforts. In a global landscape, where many new stakeholders have emerged, efforts towards greater coherence are of growing importance.
The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) resolution, recently adopted by the UN General Assembly, demonstrates that there is a strong consensus among UN member states for a more coherent, efficient and effective UN operational system for development. The Resident Coordinator system and 'Delivering as One' which are both essential elements of the QCPR resolution, have been central to our efforts to make the UN more coherent, coordinated, and effective. We also very much welcome the fact that UN agencies have been able to come to an agreement on how to share the costs of coordination that serves the whole UN system, including WHO’s programmatic activity.
In that regard, we welcome the commitment of the WHO to an improved UN system and better development results, and the inclusion of the necessary coordination costs in the Program-Budget 2014-2015 - as was already requested by Member States in the TCPR in 2007 (A/RES/62/208) and reiterated in the 2012 QCPR.
True ownership by the entire UN system is central to producing coordination and coherence in a sustainable way for better development results.
As it has been our understanding that WHO is fully committed to UN coherence and coordination, and have been very pleased with that commitment, we were somewhat surprised by the tone of the document, some elements of which might suggest that WHO Secretariat has doubts as to the usefulness of that system, and of UN coordination. If this is the case, we would be interested to hear the Secretariat’s views on this. We would be grateful for the Secretariat's reassurance that it continues to be fully committed to an efficient and effective UN coordination system.
As member states, we must hold ourselves accountable to being coherent in the different UN fora, and therefore feel obliged to bring up and emphasize the importance of this crucial issue, recently agreed upon by member states at the UN General Assembly.