Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Briefing in the margin of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment
“Development Cooperation, integrating force for effective SDG implementation”

Ambassador Frankinet,
Ambassador Muhumuza,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be here today.

We cannot fulfil the transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda with the old approach to development cooperation. The Agenda demands new ways of working and a change of mind-set from all development cooperation actors.

It inspires us to look closely at the inter-linkages between sectors.

It requires us to break down the silos that stop us from working together.

It compels us to understand better specific national and local situations, and tailor our actions accordingly.

And, it emboldens us to work through much broader partnerships that embrace all stakeholders – including the world’s most vulnerable people.

A revitalized approach to development cooperation can be the cornerstone of our new way of working. It can be a powerful lever for integrated approaches to SDG implementation at all levels.

Therefore, we must lay a solid foundation for development cooperation policies, so that we can deliver on the promise to leave no one behind on our journey to eradicate poverty and put the world on a sustainable development path by 2030.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is truly a pleasure to join this briefing and update you on the progress already made in re-imagining development cooperation.

The 2016 Development Cooperation Forum in July will build on an extensive two-year preparatory process, supporting evidence-based and inclusive dialogue on development cooperation.

The DCF brings together decision makers and experts from developing and developed countries, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, local authorities, foundations and the private sector, as well as the multilateral system.

High-level preparatory symposiums have been held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and Kampala, Uganda, to discuss the implications of aligning development cooperation with the 2030 Agenda.

Let me share with you some of the key messages to emerge so far.

First, development cooperation has to be geared to support national efforts to achieve the full ambition of the 2030 Agenda. It has to focus especially on those who are excluded and the most vulnerable. And it has to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, as the global goal and driver of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Second, development cooperation takes many forms – financial resources, capacity building, technology development and transfer, policy advice, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. All will be vital, given the scale and scope of support needed to achieve the new agenda and its SDGs. Alignment of actions and novel ways of working together will be key to ensure that all resources contribute to the different aspects of the agenda, driven by a true sense of partnership and fundamental commitment to leave no-one behind.

Third, development cooperation can facilitate the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. It can significantly help leverage domestic resources and build the national and local capacities needed to achieve the SDGs in different contexts.

Fourth, development cooperation partners must take a more holistic approach to their partnerships. Policy integration must lead to coherent rather than competing policies across different sectors. It must avoid duplication and make better use of resources.

Fifth, success will depend on a vibrant culture of citizen leadership. Citizens and local authorities should be actively engaged in the monitoring and review as well as implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This can help to ensure that policy-making is guided by better quality data that captures local and national variables, including impact data.

The final symposium, to be held in Belgium in April, will advance these discussions by concrete examples from the national level of rethinking development cooperation for implementation of the SDGs.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Governments of the Republic of Korea, Uganda and Belgium, as well as Finland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, for their generous support to the 2016 DCF preparatory process.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As the primary global platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on development cooperation, the DCF is at the forefront of efforts to re-define development cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

The DCF offers a unique space for all stakeholders – developing countries, traditional donors, Southern partners and other actors — to reflect together on trends and progress in development cooperation policy and share lessons learned and examples of best practice from their daily work.

It is also an opportunity for all stakeholders to highlight the support and capacities they need to translate the 2030 Agenda into concrete action – and sustainable development impact – at the national level.

The 2016 DCF High-level Meeting in July will produce key messages and important policy guidance on development cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda and Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

The success of the 2030 Agenda relies heavily on your active engagement in peer learning and knowledge sharing forums among the diverse range of actors. I would like to thank you very much for your participation today and encourage all stakeholders to join us for the 2016 DCF in July.

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