Global Partnership Monitoring: High Participation and First Batch of Country Profiles to Become Available in August

With data collection for the Global Partnership’s 2015-2016 Monitoring Round having come to a successful conclusion, more than 80 countries have thus far submitted data, a significant increase compared to the 46 countries involved in the first round (2013-2014). The high level of participation from over 100 countries and organisations providing development co-operation has enabled better data comparability and quality, as well as broader geographical and stakeholder coverage.

In addition, based on demand from the first monitoring exercise, the UNDP-OECD Joint Support team is currently supporting the production of more than 80 ‘Country Profiles’ to complement the 2016 Monitoring Progress Report. The first batch of Profiles will be available on this site in late-August.

Based on data collected from governments, development co-operation providers, parliamentarians, the private sector and civil society organisations, each Country Profile provides a snapshot of a country’s progress in achieving more effective development co-operation and highlights specific country context and monitoring results alongside analysis, trends and policy recommendations.

The 2016 Progress Report, to be published in October, will provide a more in-depth analysis of the progress made in implementing the effective co-operation principles and development effectiveness commitments at a global level, and is expected to feed into global, regional and country-level political discourse in the lead-up to HLM2.

To find out more about the Global Partnership monitoring framework, participating countries and organisations, monitoring data and how to participate, please click here.

Ensuring that No One is Left Behind: How Effective Development Co-operation Can Accelerate Progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

22 July 2016, New York — Last week, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (Global Partnership) held its 10th Steering Committee meeting and a special side event titled Leaving No One Behind: African Perspectives.

With one in eight people living in extreme poverty, nearly 800 million people suffering from hunger, 1.1 billion people living without electricity, and water scarcity affecting more than 2 billion, among other societal challenges, it is time to focus on the “how” of achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The Global Partnership meetings were timed to coincide with the HLPF, allowing for an exchange of knowledge and insight about how effective development co-operation can both achieve and accelerate progress towards the SDGs, particularly targeting the most vulnerable and marginalised. By contributing evidence and knowledge based on its country-focus approach, the Global Partnership can deepen co-operation between key development actors and play a meaningful, measurable role in advancing the 2030 Agenda.

During the HLPF, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report, and said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start,” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together. Indeed, a whole chapter of the SDG report focused on the critical importance of inclusive institutions for sustainable development—the underlying bedrock of the Global Partnership. With a 21-member steering committee representing governments; multilateral, international and regional organisations; civil society, trade unions, the private sector and foundations; local and regional governments; and parliamentarians, the Global Partnership is well-positioned to convene non-traditional partners, allies and collaborators, and help fast-track progress towards the SDGs.

We need new and dynamic ways of thinking, new ways of acting and new ways of organising.  We need new ways of communicating and working as a community on the national, regional and international levels.  And we need clear and credible ways of measuring and reporting progress.

At the opening of the 10th Steering Committee meeting, H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, President of the Economic and Social Council, remarked that the inclusive nature of the Global Partnership has particular relvance to the 2030 Agenda, promotes development partnerships at the country level to support local SDG implementation, and can compliiment other UN processes such as Financing for Development (FfD).

Led by three Ministerial-level Co-Chairs (Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands) and Kenya, host of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) to be held in Nairobi later this year, the steering committee went on to discuss the future direction of the platform; the vital role that the monitoring framework can play towards measuring SDG progress; the continued need to spotlight country-level efforts of co-operation and progress, and the importance of detailing policies that work for global learning; how best to align and integrate efforts of the Global Partnership to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and key preparations for HLM2. Indeed, the HLPF meetings served as an important source of input and guidance when discussing the upcoming Nairobi conference. A full summary of the meeting will be posted on the Global Partnership website soon.

Rooted in four core principles, the Global Partnership’s work supports developing country leadership, institutions and country-systems; more transparent development co-operation to deliver predictable results aligned to developing countries’ systems and priorities; inclusive development partnerships to maximise impact; and monitoring of the quality of partnerships. It also seeks to build political momentum to translate principles into action, including promoting accountability through mutual learning and monitoring, with over 80 developing countries participating in its monitoring work.

These principles underpinned the Global Partnership side event at the HLPF, which was co-hosted by the Government of Malawi and NEPAD, and moderated by H.E. Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations and lead negotiator of the HLM2 Outcome Document. The event focused on what leaving no one behind means in Sub-Saharan Africa, drawing conclusions from the African Economic Outlook 2016, which was co-published by the African Development Bank, the OECD and UNDP using research undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Participants concluded that implementation of the SDGs—and focusing on those left furthest behind—requires flexibility, taking into account priorities in each country, and thus development co-operation must be adaptable, reflecting local concerns and context. Similarly, achieving the SDGs requires inclusive partnerships and collaboration at the local, national, regional and global level—with special attention paid to the least developed and landlocked countries, fragile states and marginalised groups such as women and children. Participants also highlighted that the Global Partnership is unique with its evidence-based monitoring framework, which provides data to measure progress on commitments made to effective development and development co-operation. A full summary of the side event will be posted on the Global Partnership website soon.

With the HLPF coming to a close this week, and with the Global Partnership squarely focused on the Second High-Level Meeting in Nairobi—taking place 28 November–1 December this year—we must be guided by our international commitment to leaving no one behind and tackling the greatest societal challenges of our time with urgency, innovation, data and cross-sector collaboration. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week, the international community must “pledge never to rest until we have achieved a world of peace, dignity and opportunity for all.”

Ensuring that No One is Left Behind: Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for All

The theme of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) underscores the importance of ensuring development efforts reach those most in need. Indeed, realising the 2030 Agenda will require that all countries and actors work together effectively for everyone, everywhere. The HLPF also highlights the importance of bringing a range of development actors together for inclusive action, as it is the most participatory forum at the United Nations and is the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum has four main aims: it will seek to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up; it will keep track of progress of the SDGs; it will spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; and it will seek to address new and emerging issues. As the first HLPF since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the 2016 Forum will also include voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress towards the SDGs, including cross-cutting issues. This will be supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums.

Achieving the SDGs will require ambitious multi-stakeholder action to ensure that “billions” of dollars of development resources attract, mobilize and channel “trillions” of dollars in investments—through both financial and non-financial means of implementation. SDG 17 calls for governments and stakeholders to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, including through development co-operation and development financing. Ending poverty will not only require a vast amount of resources and investment, but it will also require changes in the way development actors work together to support the most vulnerable – this is the potential and promise of effective development co-operation. Attention must now be given to “how” the 2030 Agenda can be best achieved.

To this end, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (Global Partnership) looks forward to supporting efforts to bring diverse partners to the table, and to advance and support development co-operation across the 2030 Agenda. By contributing evidence and knowledge based on its country-focus approach, the Global Partnership can deepen co-operation and provide a platform to match the ambition of the 2030 Agenda.

Rooted in four core principles, the Global Partnership’s work supports developing country leadership, institutions and country-systems; more transparent development co-operation to deliver predictable results aligned to developing countries’ systems and priorities; inclusive development partnerships to maximise impact; and monitoring of the quality of partnerships. It also seeks to build political momentum to translate principles into action, including promoting accountability through mutual learning and monitoring, with over 80 developing countries participating in its monitoring work.

To ensure no one is left behind, the Global Partnership, like other development platforms, must adapt to best fit the needs of the 2030 Agenda and focus on the most vulnerable. This means taking an inclusive, whole-of-society approach at the country level to manage complex development landscapes.

The Government of Malawi as Co-Chair of the Global Partnership, and AUC/NEPAD as a Steering Committee member, will host a high-level side event at the HLPF – ‘Leaving No-One Behind: African Perspectives’: Monday, 18 July, 6:15-7:30pm, Conference Room E, UNHQ. The event will bring development actors together to offer African perspectives on who is at the highest risk of being left behind in Sub-Saharan Africa, showcase action being taken to address this challenge, and agree ways in which all actors can work together to achieve sustainable development for everyone, everywhere. The event will help inform the work of the Global Partnership. Takeaways will be featured on the website and the dedicated HLPF side event page.

The 2016 HLPF is a key milestone in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, alongside discussions and key findings from the Forum, will guide effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda. These efforts will also provide key inputs into the Global Partnership’s own High-level Meeting (HLM2), set to take place in Nairobi on 28 November – 1 December this year. The Global Partnership looks forward to working alongside other development actors to ensure it is fit to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, and ensuring that no one is left behind!

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