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Committee for Development Policy, Policy Note
Global Governance and Global Rules for Development in the Post-2015 Era

CDP Policy Note 2014

The CDP analyses how intergovernmental cooperation could be strengthened to better manage the increasing interdependence among countries, reduce large inequalities among and within countries and contribute to the implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, while preserving the necessary policy space for government action at the country level. It proposes five main principles to guide the reforms: common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities; subsidiarity; inclusiveness, transparency and accountability; coherence, and responsible sovereignty. It illustrates how these principles could be applied in reforming global governance framework in the areas of international macroeconomic cooperation, environment, international trade, international tax matters, international migration and inequality. The Note also recommends a greater role for the Economic and Social Council in advancing these reforms and stronger accountability mechanisms to monitor implementation.

Committee for Development Policy, Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 Era

Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 Era

The global economic crisis of 2008-2009 exposed systemic failings at the core of economic policymaking worldwide. The crisis came on top of several other crises, including skyrocketing and highly volatile world food and energy prices and climate change. This book argues that new policy approaches are needed to address such devastating global development challenges and to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences to livelihoods worldwide that are likely to result from present approaches. The contributors to the book are independent development experts brought together to identify a development strategy capable of promoting a broad-based economic recovery and at the same time guaranteeing social equity and environmental sustainability both within countries and internationally. This new development approach seeks to promote the reforms needed to improve global governance, providing a more equitable distribution of global public goods.

Committee for Development Policy, Policy Note
The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015

CDP Policy Note 2010

In the present Policy Note, the Committee for Development Policy proposes principles and policy alternatives for a post-2015 development agenda, in the light of consideration of lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals experience and the key development challenges that have emerged in recent years. It suggests a general contour of a transformative framework with a broader, more nuanced and context specific development strategies which are required to make the vision expressed in the Millennium Declaration to be fully realised. The Note will contribute to efforts by the international community to find the effective solutions to move the international development agenda forward.

Committee for Development Policy, Policy Note
Strengthening International Support Measures for the Least Developed Countries

CDP Policy Note 2010

The present Policy Note takes stock of the nature of the financial, technical and institutional support and preferential trade-related treatments that have been provided to LDCs. It provides an assessment of how useful these existing support measures have been and identifies ways in which they can be made more effective and, where needed, complemented by additional interventions. It also calls for greater coherence between international strategy for LDCs and other existing development strategies, including those initiated by the IMF and the World Bank, to further facilitate development of LDCs. The Note has been prepared to contribute to the debate leading up to the forthcoming Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011.

Committee for Development Policy, Policy Note
Implementing the Millennium Development Goals: Health Inequality and the Role of Global Health Partnerships

CDP Policy Note: Health-Related Millennium Development Goals

New approaches for international cooperation such as GHPs have contributed to the strides developing countries have made in achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals. But health inequalities still persist between rich and poor countries and within countries among different socio-economic, ethnic, racial and cultural groups. Tackling health inequalities requires an integrated approach, that is to say, giving priority to primary health care and the strengthening of the institutional and technical capacities of the health system in developing countries. While vertical approaches have a role to play in some circumstances, these interventions need to take into account the specific socio-economic environment where they take place so that the poor benefits more from health care deliveries. The note further recommends that the international community should create more flexible legal procedures to allow greater access to low cost medicines and treatments by developing countries.

Committee for Development Policy, Policy Note
Achieving Sustainable Development in an Age of Climate Change

CDP Policy Note: Achieving Sustainable Development in an Age of Climate Change

Adapting to climate change is critical for sustainable development. Steps must be taken to strengthen the adaptive capacity of all stakeholders and to mainstream adaptation into sectoral and national planning processes. Achieving the aims reflected in the international sustainable development agenda also requires mitigation efforts in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. Whereas among industrialized countries the approach to mitigation has focused on a cap-and-trade system, for developing countries such a strategy may not be ideal. For those countries, an investment-based approach encouraging the use of renewable energy alternatives appears to be the most promising mitigation strategy. In support of such approach, large-scale global funds for technology transfer required for mitigation and for helping countries cover adaptation costs should be considered.