Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations signed a grant agreement worth US $ 2 million dollars over a period of two years, to the core budget of the reinvigorated resident coordinator system in the context of the reform of the United Nations development system to better support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On behalf of Qatar Fund for Development, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, signed the agreement.
The resident coordinator system serves as the cornerstone of a repositioned UN development system, that will drive coherence and integration of UN development action on the ground on a scale that responds to national needs and priorities, and work with UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes to enhance accountability, transparency and reporting on results at the country level.
The contribution of the Qatar Fund for Development will complement resources in the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund specifically set up for this purpose.
“The main objective of Qatar Fund for Development is to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development,” said, HE Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund for Development.
He added: ”the contribution for the reinvigorated resident coordinator system is a big step toward achieving this goal. We are proud to cooperate with this important partner to contribute and to enhance accountability, transparency and achieving results across the United Nations system and providing greater incentives for integrated action. ”
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General HE Amina J. Mohammed, Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, said that:” the United Nations development system reform and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals must be carried by everyone, United Nations and Member States alike. Voluntary contributions by Member States, such as by the Qatar Fund for Development, are fundamental to strengthening our structures and operations for more impactful results for people. This contribution to the set-up of the new, reinvigorated resident coordinator system will ensure that the UN is more effective, cohesive and accountable in supporting countries’ efforts to achieve the SDGs.”