High-level Symposium on effectiveness and results in development cooperation

The event “Gearing development cooperation towards the MDGs: Effectiveness and Results” is the first milestone in preparing for the 2012 Development Cooperation Forum and will take place on 5–6 May in Bamako, Mali

The symposium is arranged during a time when prospects for global economic recovery remain uncertain, and the world’s poorest citizens continue to suffer from delays in reaching the MDGs. The crisis is dramatically reducing commitments by OECD donors and leading them to stress the need for greater results from aid. However, sustainable results can be achieved only through developing country leadership and mutual accountability between donors and developing countries.

The Mali Symposium will allow high-level participants and practitioners from all stakeholder groups to debate how to scale up tested solutions to improve development results by improving the quality of aid, through interactive dialogue among and within different groups.

The results are expected to be agreement on: how best aid can achieve development results and how this should be measured; how broad-based country ownership can best ensure that these results are sustainable in different country contexts; proposals for a development cooperation accountability framework on aid between LDCs and their donors, in light of planned monitoring and follow-up to LDC-IV; proposals for improving country-level mutual accountability between developing countries, donors and other stakeholders; and measures to enhance accountability for development results produced by aid to education.

The recommendations will help prepare for the 2012 UN Development Cooperation Forum in late June/early July 2012, as well as provide inputs into the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul on 9-13 May and contributing to the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness organized by the OECD-DAC in Busan, the Republic of Korea in November/December 2011.

For more information: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfmali.shtml

Transport, chemicals and waste among topics for CSD-19

The 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) will take place in New York on 2-13 May

As a Policy Year for the Commission, Member States will discuss the following issues: Transport, Chemicals, Waste Management (Hazardous and Solid Waste), Mining and a 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption & Production Patterns (SCP).

Current transportation development trends are not sustainable and the need to reduce pollution levels has been widely recognized. Urgent action is needed to promote integrated transport plans and to accelerate the phase-out of leaded gasoline. There is also much that remains to be done when it comes to the safe use and handling of chemicals. Two of the major problems are the lack of sufficient scientific information for risk assessment and a shortage of resources for evaluation of chemicals for which data are available.

CSD-19 will also discuss the importance of preventing the creation of hazardous wastes and rehabilitating contaminated sites, as well as solid waste management. It will moreover address priority areas for sustainable mining and transitioning to more sustainable patterns of consumption and production within a 10-year framework of programmes, also referred to as the Marrakesh Process.

CSD was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1998. Some policy documents from CSD-19 will feed into the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) processes.

More information: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/csd/csd_csd19.shtml

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