The Development Cooperation Forum is launching a dialogue on a renewed global partnership beyond 2015 with stakeholders in a High-Level Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 6-7 June
The world has changed significantly since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. Many challenges that require truly global responses, such as climate change, environmental degradation, demographic dynamics and rising inequalities among countries have become only more pressing. The development landscape has also changed. Southern economies are playing a larger role in development cooperation, as are other actors, including the private sector, philanthropic organizations, civil society organizations and local authorities.
A new development landscape
South-South Cooperation, which has existed for around six decades, is increasing in prominence. Driven by the principles of solidarity and the promotion of self-reliance and self-help, Southern partners in development have formed important cooperation with other countries in their own regions and beyond. They provide financial contributions, technical assistance, capacity building, skill and personnel exchange and technological transfer.
At the sub-national level, local constituencies and parliamentarians play an important role in implementing a global development agenda and monitoring its implementation. Parliamentarians serve an important role as independent oversight and accountability bodies to advance progress on the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals and will surely do so in relation to the post-2015 development agenda.
Non-governmental actors, such as civil society organizations, academia and think tanks, the private sector and philanthropic organizations are also increasingly active in development cooperation. They provide substantial support in terms of financial resources, awareness raising and mobilization of people, as well as personnel contributions. A large amount of philanthropic organizations these days stems from developing countries. Civil society organizations, especially those in developing countries, can help to reach people on the ground or those that are most vulnerable and hardest to reach.
The global partnership for development in the post-2015 era will have not only find ways of addressing the new challenges and completing any unfinished business of the MDGs; it must also reflect the many actors engaged in development cooperation and their comparative strenghts. Engaging these actors in the post-2015 development agenda will make a significant contribution to achieving it.
Launching a dialogue on a renewed global partnership for development
With its multi-stakeholder nature and global convening power, the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) fosters global dialogue and policy review on international development cooperation. As a key function of the Economic and Social Council, the DCF serves to improve the coherence and effectiveness of development cooperation, in producing policy guidance and practical recommendations. Preparations are in full swing for the fourth DCF, to be held in New York in July 2014.
The 2013 DCF Ethiopia High-Level Symposium
As discussions on a post-2015 development agenda accelerate, the DCF is supporting the process by advancing the dialogue on the future of development cooperation in the post-2015 setting, with active participation from the different stakeholders.
With this objective, the DCF is organizing this High-Level Symposium on 6 – 7 June in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia. The symposium will give participants the opportunity to engage on the potential role, principles and strategic priorities of a renewed global partnership for development, as well as its key features and working practices. The symposium will also consider what could be the role of enhanced monitoring and accountability to underpin such a partnership.
“The outcomes of this symposium will directly contribute to the deliberations on the post-2015 UN development agenda and provide important recommendations for the 2014 ECOSOC DCF” said DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo. “The findings will also be relevant for the Open Working Group when discussing a global partnership for sustainable development in December 2013.”
The symposium will engage senior representatives from developing and developed countries, parliamentarians, civil society, the private sector and international organizations to discuss their experiences with the current global partnership and expectations for how it should work in the post-2015 setting.
A number of pre-meetings and side events will allow stakeholders to further deepen these discussions. They will include events for civil society, least developed countries, members of parliament, members of the Steering Committee of the Global partnership for effective development cooperation and the DCF Advisory Group. A meeting of Directors-General of Southern partners in development cooperation will also be convened jointly by DESA and Ethiopia on the afternoon on 7 June.