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05 FEBRUARY 2008
RP NAMED TO ADVISORY BOARD OF UN DEMOCRACY FUND
NEW YORK—The Philippines has been given the opportunity help the United Nations promote and support democratization throughout the world after it was named a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said today.
In his report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, Deputy Permanent Representative and Charge d’ Affaires of the Philippine Mission, said the Philippines was named to the UNDEF Advisory Board by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative, was formally informed of the inclusion of the Philippines in the advisory board by United Nations Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro whose letter of 28 January 2008 was received by the Philippine Mission today.
“As one of the most vibrant democracies in our part of the world and founder of the International Conference on New or Restored Democracies, the Philippines, is greatly honored by the invitation of the Secretary General to sit as a member of the UNDEF Advisory Board for 2008,” Ambassador Gatan said, adding that the Philippines will accept the invitation.
According to the Philippine Mission, the UNDEF was established in 2005 as a UN General Trust Fund to support democratization around the world. It finances projects that build and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights and ensure the participation of all groups in democratic processes.
The UNDEF, which complements UN efforts to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide, also provides assistance to non-governmental organizations as well as to governmental, national, regional and international organizations, including relevant UN departments, offices, funds, programs and agencies.
According to Ambassador Gatan, the Philippines will join five other Member-States—Mali, Mozambique, Peru, Romania and Vanuatu—selected by the Secretary General on the basis of geographic representation to sit in the 19-member Advisory Board. Also making up the board are seven representatives from the largest Member-State contributors to the Fund—Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Qatar and the United States; two representatives from international NGOs; and four personal representatives of the Secretary General.
As a member of the advisory board, Ambassador Gatan said the Philippines can be expected to provide policy guidance for the development of program and funding guidelines and to recommend funding proposals for approval n the Secretary General. ###
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