Steering Committee Kicks Off Preparations for the 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

On 30 November, the Global Partnership’s multi-stakeholder Steering Committee met in New York to assess progress in implementing the GPEDC’s 2017-2018 programme of work and to kick-off substantive preparations for the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) in July 2019, scheduled in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

At this 16th meeting of the Steering Committee, members agreed on a shared vision for a SLM that will highlight the critical value of effectiveness, and the relevance of the effectiveness principles, in achieving the 2030 Agenda. The SLM will aim to review the current state of effectiveness, drawing on data and experiences from the country level, revitalise the GPEDC’s voluntary network, and forge new coalitions around emerging and ‘frontier’ effectiveness issues.

In his opening remarks, the representative of the Ugandan Co-Chair, HE Mr Philip Odida, agreed, stating that ‘having the 2019 SLM in the margins of the HLPF will help highlight the critical links between effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals.’  Ms Marion Barthelemy from UNDESA in her briefing on the upcoming HLPF also highlighted GPEDC as a key player that can contribute to the global goals and the Financing for Development follow-up process.

The meeting kicked off the piloting of a 4th Co-Chair (in addition to Bangladesh, Germany and Uganda), representing the voice of the non-executive Steering Committee members, with Mr Vitalice Meja from the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness acting as a Consultative Co-Chair through the 2019 SLM. Members agreed that adding a Co-Chair representing the non-executive Steering Committee members adds value to the GPEDC as it strengthens its multi-stakeholder nature and places all partners on a still more equal footing.

With the third monitoring round of the GPEDC underway – through which over 80 countries will report on progress in implementing effectiveness principles – the meeting provided an opportunity to discuss how the results will be used to drive country-level action and inform global dialogue. Members also heard updates on how the current monitoring framework is being adapted to different contexts, including fragile and conflict-affected situations, and to better address the distinct needs of countries engaged in South-South Co-operation.

The meeting also discussed how the Partnership’s work could contribute crucial evidence to the upcoming SLM and the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, including evidence from the 2018 monitoring round; ongoing pilots to increase the effectiveness of development co-operation at the country level; and the forthcoming Global Compendium of Good Practices; and the Knowledge-Sharing Platform. Moreover, Steering Committee members discussed and endorsed GPEDC’s upcoming work on the principles and guidelines for effective private sector engagement (PSE) in development co-operation which will be based on country-level evidence and inclusive consultations, including an online survey and a specialised policy dialogue in January in Paris.

The 23-member Steering Committee meets biannually to guide the work of the Global Partnership. It is comprised of representatives from various constituency groups, including partner countries, development partners, civil society, the private sector, philanthropy, local governments, multilateral organisations, parliamentarians, trade unions, the OECD Development Assistance Committee, and the UN Sustainable Development Group.

A summary of the event can be found here.

Watch why effectiveness is an important topic for the Senior-Level Meeting and the 2030 Agenda here.

From left to right: Co-Chair representatives from Uganda, Bangladesh, Germany with CPDE (as the newly-appointed 4th non-executive Co-Chair).