Jul 18, 2016
• Today’s event is a clarion call for action on the 2030 Agenda’s call to “leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first”.
• But without concerted action, the poorest and most marginalised will continue to be left behind. So I support the first 1,000 days focus as a way of galvanising action now.
• UNDP welcomes the scope and scale of the pledges made by countries here today, and we will support these efforts through our universal presence in developing countries.
• As ODI’s report points out, the SDGs cannot be achieved if the poorest and most marginalised people continue to be left behind. The earlier we act together to address their needs, the better their prospects and the prospects of achieving the SDGs will be.
• In a new report on getting to the last mile, UNDP and its associated programme, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) identify three top priorities in addressing inequalities and exclusion:
– First, the drivers of inequality must be identified and tackled, in particular for the poorest of the poor, for households and small enterprises which lack access to basic services, and where development needs are greatest and resources the scarcest.
– Second, by understanding the reasons why people can fall back into poverty and helping to build resilience to economic crises, climate risks, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, conflict, and other possible shocks.
– Third, by working more effectively across the humanitarian, development, human rights, and peacebuilding spheres – working in silos doesn’t get the best results for people. The UN Development Group has agreed a joined-up approach to the SDGs for exactly that reason, and out of the World Humanitarian Summit we see much more concerted action on bringing humanitarian and development actors together.
• The human development approach long embraced by UNDP puts people at the centre of development. In our work to tackle the drivers of inequality, exclusion and discrimination, we highlight three specific commitments today.
1) Invest in data and evidence which enables better identification of people and groups who are left behind, and we will improve our support to countries on formulating policies which ensure inclusion and build resilience.
2) Ensure our programing principles explicitly include attention to leaving no one behind, building on UNDP’s track record of abiding by rigorous social and environmental standards in its work, and our focus on targeting excluded and marginalised groups; and we will
3) Expand our investment in prevention and preparedness in fragile and conflict-affected settings where more than 1.4 billion people and half of the world’s extremely poor people live. We will better link our development work with humanitarian and peace-building action, with a specific commitment that our programmes reach the poorest and most vulnerable people, and we will increase support for South-South co-operation to build resilience.
• In partnership and solidarity, UNDP is committed to ensuring that the 2030 Agenda makes a real difference for all people, everywhere.