Message from Justine Greening

Third Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, 25th-26th of July 2013

Message from Justine Greening, Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom

Good morning.

I am delighted to be able to speak to you today at the beginning of the third meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership. I would also like to extend a special welcome to all the new observers and foundations in our partner countries.

I hope that you feel free to input directly into the Committee’s deliberations. Your experience and perspective is vital.

I am sure that you can imagine how disappointed I am that the change in the date of the meeting means that I can no longer participate today.

Alongside developing the successive framework to the Millennium Development Goals this is one of the most important processes underway in the international community and my role as co-chair is a top priority for the year ahead.

However, I am delighted that the African Union is hosting the meeting. African countries — their governments, parliamentarians, civil society and businesses — are key to making the partnership a success.

And I know that my fellow co-chairs Madame Ngozi, Ibu Armida along with Madame Dlamini-Zuma will ensure that this meeting is productive and stimulating.

As a contribution, I would like to suggest three major priorities for the meeting.

First, the decision of the Mexican Government to host the first ever meeting of the full Global Partnership early next year is fantastic. It gives us a real opportunity to inject momentum into our work. It also gives us an opportunity to make it as inclusive as possible.

I know that President Pena Nieto has a clear vision for Mexico’s international objectives which I also believe coincide with our aims.

Our challenge is global – the elimination of poverty. All countries and organizations have a stake, not just governments but also parliaments, regional and international organizations, businesses, civil society and foundations; because of the poverty level in their own countries or because of their commitment to global stability and prosperity.

Our first ever meeting needs to be attractive to leaders from all of these groups as well as government ministers and my request is therefore that over the next two days we come up with concrete plans on how to truly listen and to respond to all stakeholders.

I would encourage you also to review how the Post-2015 High Level Panel and the G8 teams did this  working civil society and online consultations, holding regional town hall sessions, creating hackathons and other ways of creating awareness. Let’s be just as creative, if not more.

My second priority relates to the post-2015 agenda. The UN General Assembly will agree in September how to organize the negotiation process to agree the successor to the Millennium Development Goals. Our first ever meeting as a full Partnership will therefore need to contribute to the debate on the post-2015 agenda and the best way to do this will be to demonstrate what partnership really means in the post-2015 period.

I think that a major element of this is ensuring that we are addressing challenges that really matter at the country level, both through the commitments we made in the past and through any new deliverables. This means getting more countries and organizations involved in our work and pulling together a coherent political story of change since the Partnership was created, and the remaining challenges. We will not succeed by staying at a technical level.

Progress in tackling global poverty or any other unfinished business is a political agenda ultimately and I hope that our observers will be able to help us to consider these issues.

My final point is about the way that we work. We have enough time to prepare, but only if we are efficient and I plan to meet and talk to my fellow co-chairs more frequently to provide the strategic oversight that we need.

I also intend to champion one of the proposed agenda items: improving the role of business in development. The Mexican Minister should of course become a fourth member of our group.

What does this mean for Steering Committee members? My request is that over the next two days you come up with a clear plan with roles and responsibilities for handling each task, ready to communicate to the rest of the partnership now.

Let me conclude by wishing you well for the meeting you are about to start. For those of you who will then start your holidays may I also say that I hope that they are enjoyable and that I hope you get a chance to be well-rested.

The months ahead will require hard work from all of us but it will make a real difference to the lives of millions of people around the world.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico to host first Ministerial-level meeting of the Global Partnership

25th July 2013

Mexico confirmed it will host the first Global Partnership Ministerial-level meeting at the third Global Partnership Steering Committee meeting today.

We regard the responsibility of hosting the first Ministerial-level meeting as a great honour and as a challenge. The development world is on the eve of a major crossroads. We need decided common and inclusive action, based on our successful experiences and lessons learned to improve our approach and identify areas of opportunity in order to shape the Post-2015 Development Cooperation Agenda,” said Luis Campuzano, Mexican Ambassador to Kenya, in his opening remarks to the Committee.

The first Ministerial-level meeting is a great opportunity to look back at how we’ve done in meeting our commitments on effective development co-operation, to be mindful of the complementarities and opportunities provided by other processes and fora and to enhance the key role the Global Partnership in the future global development framework after 2015,” he said.

Mr Campuzano also encouraged the Steering Committee members to work towards a clear political roadmap and format for the meeting over the two-day meeting that is taking place at the African Union in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

We need to ensure that our own efforts converge with the different processes and fora to our common goal: to reach a sustainable and inclusive global post2015 development agenda, which is at the same time robust, coherent and legitimate,” said Mr Campuzano
As well as laying the groundwork for the Ministerial-level meeting, the Global Partnership Steering Committee members reviewed global progress in implementing the Busan principles and discussing African priorities for the Global Partnership in a special session on Africa.

The Steering Committee meeting builds on discussions of the second Steering Committee meeting, held in Bali, Indonesia in March 2013.

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Global Partnership seen as “top priority” by UK Minister

25th July 2013

The UK Secretary of State for International Development has called the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation a “top priority,” saying it can make a difference to millions of people’s lives around the world.

Justine Greening, one of the Partnership’s three Co-chairs, suggested three priorities for the Partnership’s third Steering Committee Meeting this week: making the upcoming ministerial-level meeting in Mexico attractive to all; contributing to the post-2015 development agenda debate; and ensuring that the Global Partnership works efficiently and strategically toward its goals.

“Alongside developing the successive framework to the Millennium Development Goals, this is one of the most important processes underway in the international community and my role as co-chair is a top priority for the year ahead,” she said during a speech pre-recorded for the meeting held in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, on 25-26 July, 2013.

Our challenge is global – the elimination of poverty. All countries and organizations have a stake – not just governments but also parliaments, regional and international organizations, businesses, civil society and foundations – because of the poverty level in their own countries, or because of their commitment to global stability and prosperity.”

The meeting includes a special session on Africa hosted by African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, to discuss African priorities for the Global Partnership and effective development co-operation on the continent.

Committee members are also discussing the political vision for the Global Partnership within the broader context of the post-2015 development agenda.

Greening expressed disappointment that she could not attend due to scheduling conflict, but said she hoped that the meeting would designate clear roles and responsibilities for the Partnership, creating “concrete plans on how to truly listen and to respond to all stakeholders.”

She added: “The UN General Assembly will agree in September how to organize the negotiation process to agree the successor to the Millennium Development Goals. Our first ever meeting as a full Partnership will therefore need to contribute to the debate on the Post-2015 agenda and the best way to do this will be to demonstrate what partnership really means in the post-2015 period.”

She also prioritized addressing development challenges at country-level through Global Partnership members’ existing and new commitments to development co-operation.

“This means getting more countries and organizations involved in our work and pulling together a coherent political story of change since the Partnership was created, and the remaining challenges. We will not succeed by staying at a technical level,” she said.

Greening voiced plans to focus on the role of the private sector in development, and pledged to meet frequently with the Co-Chairs to provide strategic oversight of the Global Partnership.

She concluded: “The months ahead will require hard work from all of us, but it will make a real difference to the lives of millions of people around the world.”

Watch the recording of Justine Greening’s speech or read the full text.