"The foundations for achieving sustainable development and peacebuilding goals in Mali are in place" says Helen Clark

Feb 10, 2016

Helen Clark in Mali. Photo: UNDP Mali.

On Tuesday 9 February, Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and President of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) ended her three-day visit in Mali conducted within the framework of the country’s cooperation with UNDP. During her stay, she met with Malian authorities, technical and financial partners, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and representatives of women leaders and the civil society.

The Prime Minister of Mali highlighted the decades-long remarkable partnership that has existed between Mali and UNDP. He also underlined the timeliness of the Administrator’s visit as “Mali is recovering despite a difficult context, and the visit is testament to the United Nations’ determination to support Mali’s efforts to improve the daily lives of its people throughout the Malian territory”.  The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to implement the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. Ms. Clark encouraged the Prime Minister and the government to accelerate the reforms that will allow the population to benefit from peace dividends.

Government members welcomed the excellent partnership with UNDP, notably in the elaboration of the strategic framework for economic recovery and sustainable development, the return of rule of law, social cohesion, elections, decentralisation…  Also noteworthy is the cooperation in the areas of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, the reform of the judiciary, support for the delivery of basic social services, national reconciliation, youth employment and the implementation of the sustainable development goals. The Administrator reiterated the need to address the critical issues of (income inequality, intolerance and injustice) notably for the poor and vulnerable.

The Administrator held discussions with technical and financial partners on development support in a post-crisis context. Partners put forward the difficult access to northern regions because of insecurity and advocated for MINUSMA’s continued support. The Administrator took stock of partners’ contributions to the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, and the importance they placed on aligning their interventions with the priorities defined by the government, notably with regard to decentralisation and structural economic reforms. 

In her discussion with the United Nations Country Team, the Administrator urged the United Nations system to enhance joint programming in order to achieve better joint resource mobilisation and synergy. She noted security constraints on operations in a number of areas.

UNDP’s Administrator acknowledged efforts by women leaders and the civil society to contribute to peacebuilding in Mali. She recalled the importance of vocational training and employment to provide youth with opportunities for jobs and livelihoods and encouraged the Malian civil society to strengthen its mobilization on key national issues. She underscored the “role of women’s leadership in the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development through the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment to contribute to sustained and sustainable inclusive growth”. She encouraged women leaders to maintain their engagement for increased women’s representation in executive posts.

At the end of her visit, the Administrator recalled that one of her objectives was for Mali to continue to attract international community support, notwithstanding the number of crises around the world. She noted that “Mali has taken essential steps towards national reconstruction with the return to constitutional government, the signing of the Peace and reconciliation Agreement and the elaboration of key strategies CREDD”. Helen Clark reiterated UNDP’s commitment to supporting stability and economic recovery in Mali, drawing on its expertise and resources. tap here to start editing

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