Attending the meeting at the MAE headquarters were official of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) and UN System resident coordinator Francois M. Farah; official Yesim Oruc of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); official Edmond Mc. Loughney of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The main topics discussed regarded the premises for cooperation between the UN bodies represented in Romania and the Romanian Government starting from the success stories and lessons learned from past cooperation as well as from the current regional and global priorities and challenges, including climate change and sustainable development, population issues and public health, official development assistance and human rights.
‘Romania has a tradition of excellence in the area of cooperation with the UN and within the organisation. We intend to continue this tradition based on a new international political profile and the strong regional and global connections of Romania,’ the release quotes Baconschi as telling the officials.
‘Romania’s presence for decades in the UN System, which is held in high esteem at the society level, has significantly contributed to the development of the country and the promotion of the principles and a state of law, as well as of the fundamental human rights and freedoms,’ said Baconschi.
Romania’s current membership of the European Union and being an emerging donor of official development assistance provides new opportunities for cooperation between Romania and the UN System, particularly in terms of capitalising on the experience and expertise that Romania have accumulated over the past two decades and sharing them with the neighbour countries.
Baconschi mentioned that in 2010 Romania will attach special attention to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), including from the angle of its new status as an official development assistance donor, voicing hope that Romania will continue to enjoy the support of the UN agencies in assessing the developments in Romania’s achieving these goals that are of a global relevance.
Romania is also an active supporter of the UN objectives in the field of peace keeping and world security and in the area of democracy and human rights advocacy.
Concrete examples of Romania’s support for the UN mentioned by the minister are the establishment in the western city of Timisoara of an Emergency Transit Centre for Refugees, currently the only such centre in the world, and making operational the programme for joint training of UN protection officers at the Bucharest-based Centre of Excellence of Romania’s Special Guard and Protection Service (SPP).