The United Kingdom proposes the creation of a huge new humanitarian fund under OCHA to improve the UN’s capacity to coordinate humanitarian emergencies, and has pledged GBP 100 million (USD 191 million) per year for this purpose.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pushing for the establishment of a UN commission on the rights of the poor. Norway’s plan is for the commission to be launched as a Nordic initiative timed for the crucial UN Summit in September marking the first five years of the Millennium Development Goals.
Development Today has obtained a preliminary list of possible nominees for the proposed land rights commission. DT has learned that this list was worked out in consultation with Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto.
UN agencies still spend too little on the poor and too much on their own country offices. Norway’s Development Minister warns the UN System in no uncertain terms that if dramatic reforms do not happen fast, friendly donors will retaliate.