Helen Clark och Charlotte Petri Gornitzka på Sidas huvudkontor.

The head of UNDP, Helen Clark, together with Sida´s Director General Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.

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Head of UNDP Helen Clark visits Sida

Updated: 14 March 2016

In a time with conflicts and people being forced to leave their homes the new Agenda 2030 is launched. The head of UNDP, United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark spoke about the importance of leadership, collaboration and cohesion when she visited its major partner Sida on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

There is a crisis in the global economy, conflicts and displacement and people affected by climate change around the world. Helen Clark, head of UNDP, emphasised that these reasons make it even more important to mainstream the Agenda 2030 alongside the Paris agreement.

After the Global Goals, were launched, 70 countries asked for the UNDP’s assistance to help to implement the new agenda into the countries’ national budgets, policies and plans. Now this number has increased to over 80 countries and the UNDP gives support to countries to investigate risks related to the agenda, collect data and mainstream the agenda through awareness-campaigns.

– If the Global Goals are just something that you can report on to the UN every five years, nothing happens. It is in need of continuous work, said Clark.

Mainstreaming the agenda, accelerating and achieving the targets and introducing joined policy groups are pathways to implement the agenda.

– I’m amazed of the level of awareness of the Global Goals in Sweden. I think about 45 per cent of the Swedes know about the Global Goals, which must be a record, she said.

The aim with the Global Goals is to make the world a better place by improving job opportunities, health, education and honest and effective governance. It took three years of global and national consultations and working groups, as well as council discussions to formulate them. Clark believes it is very important that developed countries like Sweden takes the agenda seriously in order to create further collaborations for Agenda 2030, rather than creating divides between countries.

The work by UNDP mainly focuses on Goal 16; Peace, justice and strong institutions. It aim at providing citizens with justice, building institutions that are more effective, accountable and inclusive as well as promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Global goal 16 was the toughest goal to accept and formulate because many countries considered it as interference and passing judgement.

– In our experience it is not so easy to work with these issues within a bilateral cooperation in sensitive environments, but through our multilateral cooperation we can, said Clark.

Sweden is an important partner and can therefore influence UNDP’s Strategic plan. UNDP is active in 168 countries; it has a global reach and can work in countries that Sida cannot. It is important that Sweden and Sida express what they want to achieve, according to Sida’s Director General Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.

Helen Clark summarized the visit and concluded;

– We are trying to build a more inclusive, just and peaceful society. We work long-term and have to make the most of the opportunities that Sweden gives us and work close together.

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