UNDP Participates in the Graduation of Civil Servants in partnership with the General Personnel Council

24 Mar 2014

Speech by UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator Mr Frode Mauring

Excellency Musa Abu Zaid, Participating Ministers
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Al Khirreejoun Al Kiram

Since the start of the Palestinian Authority 20 years ago, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People have included capacity development as part of its support to the state-building agenda. Key to this is a capable civil service, and a Palestinian capacity to sustain its quality. That is why UNDP is proud to support the training of trainers programme with our partner, the General Personnel Council. I am pleased to have this opportunity myself to congratulate the participants who now have successfully graduated from the training organised through Birzeit University.

With a public service environment that is diverse in demand, the need to develop new knowledge and skills requires innovation, commitment and respect.

Despite the challenges, the GPC in partnership with UNDP, has been instilling a culture of excellence by promoting continuous professional development in the public sector.

The Palestinian government is relying on the quality and competence of its human resource. This is evident here today with senior public servants from across 13 ministries participating in the training.

The emerging Palestinian state needs an efficient and supportive civil service; it needs men and women in the civil service with the right mind-set to embrace the necessary reforms and facilitate timely implementation.

UNDP also believes that developing core and functional capacities for democratic governance is central to our sustainable development mandate.

To the graduates, I will say this: As trainers, the future capacity of the state lies with you. You have acquired key training skills in human resources, communications, leadership and strategic planning. This should enable you to make significant contributions towards moving Palestinian state institutions forward and meeting the needs of the Palestinian society.

Let me conclude by expressing my thanks to the General Personnel Council and Birzeit University through its Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) for their contributions. Graduates: Good luck with your important work.

Thank you.