29 March, 2019

Steering Committee Members Endorse Programme and Continue Planning for the Upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting

By Global Partnership

Hosted by the Government of Uganda, the 17th Steering Committee meeting of the Global Partnership was held on 26-27 March in Kampala, Uganda. Steering Committee members from all over the world, representing diverse constituencies, discussed preparations for the upcoming 2019 Senior-Level Meeting to be held on 13-14 July at United Nations headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

In his opening remarks, HE Mr David Bahati, Uganda’s State Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development stressed that ‘effective development co-operation is critical to deliver the African development agenda’. Mr Bahati reaffirmed Africa’s continued engagement in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Steering Committee members underscored the need for the Global Partnership Senior-Level Meeting to drive home the message that effectiveness, in collaboration with the Financing for Development process, is fundamental to achieving the 2030 Agenda. The representative of Bangladesh, one of four Global Partnership Co-Chairs, highlighted that if ‘financing’ is the fuel, ‘effectiveness’ is the car; the destination, is the 2030 Agenda. In other words, SDG implementation and development impact cannot be sustainable if resources are not spent effectively.

To this end, members deliberated on the substantive content, evidence and tools on ‘effectiveness’ that will be showcased at the Senior-Level Meeting. Following a day and a half of in-depth discussions, members agreed on the overall programme, objectives and sessions for the Senior-Level Meeting, and set a plan of action for delivering a successful meeting in July.

The Steering Committee took decisive action on numerous pending issues. Among them was the decision to permanently create a fourth Co-Chair position (previously in a pilot phase) to represent the six non-executive Steering Committee members, elevating the Global Partnership to a key global body in development co-operation with a truly multi-stakeholder leadership.

Furthermore, the results of the Global Partnership’s third monitoring round, which will be captured in a progress report, will underpin the SLM by providing a robust evidence base to guide discussion on where progress has been made and where unfinished business remains.

The Committee also agreed on the key principles for effective private sector engagement in development co-operation, to be launched at the SLM, which aim to make private sector partnerships more effective and geared towards sustainable development outcomes.

The Global Compendium of Good Practices and Knowledge-sharing Platform, alongside initiatives to apply effectiveness in different contexts – including a tailored approach to monitoring effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected situations as well as South-South Co-operation contexts, will also be shared at the SLM.

In closing, looking forward and beyond the SLM, members actively engaged and discussed the need for an inclusive, engagement process to tap into the development co-operation community and source ‘emerging effectiveness issues’ that will inform the Global Partnership’s work beyond July 2019. More details on this process are forthcoming.

Please find here all relevant background materials and meeting presentations.

Read more about the upcoming Senior-Level Meeting here.

Follow the discussions at @DevCooperation #SLM2019 #GPEDC #DevCoop


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