The First Regular Session in 2014 of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS got underway in New York today under the chairmanship of the Executive Board’s 2014 President, Ambassador Peter Thomson.

UNDP Administrator, Miss Helen Clark, was present to address the Executive Board, along with the UNDP Assistant Administrators for Africa and for Asia-Pacific.

The First Regular Session will meet from 27-31 January and will cover UNDP’s gender equality strategy, country programmes, evaluation, South-South cooperation, and financial, budgetary and administrative matters. During its UNFPA segment, the session will cover evaluation, country programmes and related matters, as well as hearing a statement from UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin. UNOPS Executive Director, Mr Jan Mattsson, will also be addressing this week’s session.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development agency working to provide knowledge, experience, and resources to help create country-owned solutions to global and national development challenges. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions, UNDP manages an annual budget of approximately US$5 billion. UNDP serves as the manager of the UN’s development system, ensuring greater UN coherence at country level.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly, and is established to address population and development issues with an emphasis on reproductive health and gender equality. UNFPA has an annual budget of approximately US$1 billion and seeks to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the UN. It has a mission to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the UN, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. UNOPS works in over 130 countries, implementing more than US$1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year. UNOPS is the only entity in the UN system that is entirely self-funded, operating as a fee-for-service organisation.