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5 September 2017, UN HQ, New York City - UNDP/ UNFPA/ UNOPS Executive Board Second Regular Session 2017 (5-11 September 2017), New York City. Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, delivered his first speech to UNDP/ UNFPA/ UNOPS Executive Board (EB) this morning at the UN HQ. The board and the member countries will discuss, among other items, the following: Organizational Matters • Adoption of the agenda and workplan for the session • Adoption of the report of the annual session 2017 UNDP segment. Statement by the administrator and UNDP Strategic Plan, 2018-2021, including Financial, Budgetary and admin. To read Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator's full speech please go to the following link: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/speeches/2017/09/05/achim-steiner-undp-administrator-statement-to-the-2nd-regular-session-of-the-undp-executive-board.html © UNDP / Freya Morales

UNDP head describes situation in Libya as “catastrophic”

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner described the current situation in Libya as catastrophic, as a result of the political vacuum.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Steiner accused some groups of exploiting the disorder to earn illegal money, saying these groups would not allow a genuine democratic process, to protect their interests.

Steiner added that the United Nations can not force the warring parties under the threat of arms to respect the rule of law, stressing that local parties must have the intention to come to the negotiating table.

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