New Zealand is pleased to participate in this pledging conference for development activities.
New Zealand is a strong advocate for the UN multilateral system.
It is our view that the UN remains relevant and central in the global development context, particularly as it relates to strengthening and supporting national and local development objectives.
New Zealand is also a long-standing supporter of the efforts to improve the quality and quantity of funding, and an advocate for core funding, which makes up a significant proportion of our funding.
We regard the positive consensus provided by the QCPR as a reiteration of the value and efficiency of predictable and flexible funding for operational activities, including multi-year funding.
In 2013 New Zealand introduced multi-year funding to UNDP and WFP, and we are pleased to announce that in 2014 we will also be introducing multi-year funding to UNICEF, UNFPA, UN-Women, and UNAIDS.
After a short break, New Zealand will be recommencing funding for IFAD, with a multi-year core funding arrangement starting in 2014.
New Zealand pledges NZD 63 million in core funding for these six organisations for the 2014-15 biennium – approximately USD 52 million.
New Zealand confirms its commitments in New Zealand dollars for the 2014 calendar year of: