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Later this week, the Board will discuss the Evaluation Report on
poverty reduction covering the period 2000-2010. Let me underline that
UNDP always welcomes scrutiny of its operations and results, and the
opportunity to learn from and exchange views on evaluations.
Reducing poverty is one of the most complex problems humankind has to
resolve, even in the most affluent societies. It is “a marathon, not a
sprint”, and goes beyond tackling income deprivation to addressing
broader human deprivation, including in education, health, dignity,
rights, gender inequality, and voice. Approaches to this challenge vary.
That diversity is reflected in the difference between the approach
favoured in the evaluation report and that advocated by UNDP.
The evaluation notes that while development solutions need to be
targeted, UNDP has made valuable contributions to establishing the
agenda of poverty reduction from the multidimensional perspective of
human development as a priority. Efforts to improve the impact of our
work must continue, including by taking into account the lessons and
recommendations presented in the evaluation as is clearly stated in the
UNDP management response. Throughout my time at UNDP, I have stressed
the importance of embarking on work which is capable of being scaled up
and contributing to transformational and systemic change – a matter
rightly regarded as important by the evaluation.