Marks Malloch Brown visits Yemen [Archives:2004/796/Local News]

December 6 2004

Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Chairman of the United Nations Development Group consisting of the heads of all UN funds and programmes working on development issues – conducts a high-level visit to Yemen between 6 and 8 December 2004 to further strengthen the UN system's ongoing dialogue with the Government of Yemen on economic, political and social reforms and to raise the profile of Yemen with a view to assist Yemen achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. the MDGs are the eight goals which world's leaders have committed themselves to, including H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, at the Millennium summit in New York in September 2000. the UNDP Administrator will also conduct field visits to some projects that are being implemented by the UN system in Yemen.
The visit coincides with the national efforts to develop Yemen's Third National five-Year Development Plan and the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper based on the MDGs. The visit also constitutes an occasion to congratulate Yemen for being selected among eight countries in the world to benefit from the technical assistance provided by the UN Millennium Project and to acknowledge the progress that has so far been made in many development and political fronts.
The Administrator will discuss with high-level Government officials and heads of UN agencies in Yemen a number of issues by away of promoting Yemen's efforts to make sustainable progress towards achieving the MDGs, moving forward the democratization progress, and ensuring the achievement of a comprehensive and sustainable human development for Yemen to be able to address its development challenges.
At the conclusion of his visit, Mr. Brown will hold a press conference in which he will explore some development issues and share some of the results that were accomplished during this important visit to the country.
Mark Malloch brown has served as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the UN's global development network, since July 1999. in May 2003, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him to a second four-year term. He is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.
At the request of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mr. Malloch brown is also leading the UN system in developing a strategy to help support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.