United Nations Development Programme

In her letter to the UN Resident Coordinators, Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) alerted the international community to the interconnectedness between all crisis areas, priority being given to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low Income Countries (LICs).

Full consideration is given to using existing mechanisms (e.g. funding for food security) and identifying remaining financial gaps in the efforts spent in establishing country-level Multi Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs).

In its January 2010 Board meeting, the United Nations Development Programme decided to endorse the implementation of the Pact globally, by adopting the Board decision “UNDP response to the financial and economic crisis: promoting the Global Jobs Pact”. Members of the Executive Board outlined the relevance of the Pact, not only in the context of the global crisis, but also as an essential tool toward achieving the MDGs, as employment is the key link between growth and poverty reduction.

The decision seeks to maximize the comparative advantages and complementarities of the UN System as a whole, by enabling UNDP to step up its resource mobilization efforts toward programming in the employment intensive areas outlined in the Pact.