In the coming weeks, world leaders will formally approve the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of this transformative agenda will require a strong commitment from the international community and effective international institutions. In this context UNDP’s mandate is becoming more and more relevant. UNDP is in fact strategically placed to give a substantial contribution to supporting partner countries in adopting the changes needed to eradicate poverty and achieving sustainable development while addressing inequality and social exclusion. UNDP also has an important role to play in peacebuilding, strengthening democratic governance and in crisis prevention, ensuring that longer term development perspectives are considered at the early stages of UN involvement.
As chair of the UNDG, UNDP will thus have to ensure that the UN development system is fit for purpose for the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Indeed, the recent Addis Ababa conference has shown that the changing development context requires new approaches to finance development and to mobilize resources. We thank UNDP for the documentation provided and for the debate on structured funding. In this context, we are firmly convinced that the FfD outcome document and the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda should be fully integrated in our discussion.
In our view, we should make efforts to involve different partners in the dialogue. The new universal SDGs framework has forged a new global partnership based on the principles of shared responsibility, mutual accountability and respective capacity. This implies a new approach to international development going beyond the traditional North South divide, based on “mutual benefit” and “mutual interest” and requiring multidimensional approaches. The role of UNDP in engaging dialogue with emerging partners is indeed essential.
In this context, we support UNDP’s strategy to protect core resources, and we are making every effort to secure and progressively increase our contribution to such resources. At the same time, we encourage UNDP to continue to ensure a coherent and coordinated approach to non-core mobilization. UNDP should also strengthen its efforts to diversify its resource base to include a wider range of governments and to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships. We believe that the strategy presented (at the informal session) goes in the right direction.
The implementation of the 2030 agenda requires concerted action by all. Let me take this opportunity to say that Italy will do its part. In the past two years, notwithstanding financial constraints, we have increased the trend of ODA/GNI percentage. Starting with the Budget Law for the next triennium, the Italian Government is committed to moving vigorously along this path towards the international target of 0.7% by 2030, in line with the 2030 Agenda’s implementation period.
Moreover, the reform of Italy’s Development Cooperation, currently underway, will strengthen our country-wide system’s capacity to support the 2030 Development Agenda, promoting innovative financing and implementation instruments.