Report of the Executive Director for 2003

The Executive Board

1. Welcomes the report of the Executive Director for 2003 (DP/FPA/2004/9, Part I; Part I, Add. 1; and Part II);

2. Notes with appreciation, in this tenth anniversary year of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the continuing commitment of countries to the goals and objectives of the ICPD, most recently demonstrated in the outcome of various United Nations regional commissions and the Commission on Population and Development;

3. Stresses that the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and the Key actions for the further implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (ICPD+5) makes an essential contribution to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)*;

4 . Notes with appreciation the efforts being made by UNFPA to assist countries in achieving the MDGs, particularly by integrating population and development, reproductive health, and gender equality into national poverty reduction strategies, and encourages UNFPA to further implement its strategy of integrating the ICPD agenda more effectively into country-led frameworks such as sector-wide approaches, poverty reduction strategy papers, health-sector reforms and other national development plans and policies;

5 .Welcomes the progress UNFPA has made in its transition process, which produced new results-oriented approaches in human resources, knowledge sharing, learning and training, and financial management, and encourages UNFPA to further incorporate these approaches into the processes and systems of the Fund in order to improve performance and effectiveness;

6 . Emphasizes the importance of greater coherence in integrating the ICPD goals and objectives into the social, economic and environmental processes of the United Nations and in all efforts to implement and review the Millennium Declaration, including the MDGs, as called for in General Assembly resolution A/RES/58/291;

7 . Encourages UNFPA to continue its efforts to forge innovative partnerships among development partners, Governments, civil society organizations and the private sector;

8 . Encourages UNFPA to continue to deepen its partnerships within the United Nations system to ensure greater appreciation and operationalization of the links between the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, the ICPD Programme of Action and ICPD+5; 9 .Encourages UNFPA to continue its vital contribution to the advancement of United Nations reform and, as a key member of the United Nations Development Group, to coherence within the United Nations system.

23 June 2004

*Internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.