New UNDP Drive to Support Developing Country Efforts to Meet 2015 Millennium
6 June, BALI, Indonesia Prepared to follow-up on the commitments made at
the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, the United Nations
Development Programme tonight unveiled a new initiative, a platform to help
developing countries build their own capacities for sustainable development,
and meet the Millennium Development Goals.
The new initiative, Capacity 2015, builds on the programme launched after the
1992 Earth Summit, Capacity 21, which has focused on implementing programmes
and projects in communities throughout developing countries.
"Capacity building is the key to this process of sustainable
development," according to UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown. Calling
sustainable development something that has to happen at the local level,
Malloch Brown said Capacity 2015 "takes our thinking a great big step
forward." The new initiative, he said, is "a much profounder vision
of what capacity building is," adding that, "it is not about imposing
outside models of development."
With an emphasis on beefing up the ability of local communities to take charge
of their own development, Malloch Brown said it was "enormously
important" that the Millennium Development Goals-a set of eight targets
that include a pledge by governments to reduce by half the number of people
living in poverty by 2015-remain at the center of the new programme's
Malloch Brown said "real success" in the follow-up to Johannesburg
lies in the partnership initiatives that can support the commitments made by
governments in Johannesburg. There should not, however, be a rush to finalize a
weak document. "It is better for those of us working is sustainable
development that they get this right." With two important pieces in
place-solid commitments and partnership-Malloch Brown said, "We can have a
real architecture for sustainable development underpinned by the resources that
were promised in Monterrey."
Countries have agreed, in the Bali negotiations on the implementation
programme, "to significantly strengthen" support for UNDP's capacity
building programmes in developing countries, "building on the experience
gained from Capacity 21."
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirajuda said UNDP, through
Capacity 2015, had strengthened its role in capacity development activities.
"It is, I am convinced, only through such partnerships that the WSSD will
be able to make a difference in ensuring the achievement of sustainable
development objectives under Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development
According to Fevzi Aytekin, Minister of Environment for Turkey, UNDP's Capacity
21 had helped Turkey's own Local Agenda 21 programme, which has brought public
institutions, local authorities and citizen groups together to address local
"We believe the Capacity 2015 initiative will be a step forward," he
said, " to strengthen local, national and global partnerships and
synergies for achieving the goals of the 21st century."
Jordanian Princess Basma bint Talal applauded the new initiative, calling it an
attempt to address the real challenges. "By launching this initiative,
UNDP is taking the lead to find innovative approaches that will allow local
communities to develop their own capacities."
In addition to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, UNDP expects Capacity
2015 to result in a review of national and local policies and legislation in
order to eliminate bottlenecks and ensure proper incentives for local
sustainable development. It hopes to support learning networks, civic
engagement, and responsible local leadership, while also mobilizing resources
to help communities compete successfully in a globalized world.
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24 August 2006