Effectiveness at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: A Message from over 500 Policymakers at the Global Partnership’s 2019 Senior-Level Meeting
New York, 13 – 14 July – More than 500 senior-level policymakers from around the world gathered in New York for the Global Partnership’s first-ever Senior-Level Meeting. They met to reaffirm the role of ‘effective’ partnerships in achieving development on the ground and reassert the importance of shared progress as the right way forward.
The meeting brought together participants from a wide array of stakeholder groups – national and local governments, civil society organisations, trade unions, the private sector, parliaments, foundations, multilateral and international organisations, and academia. They highlighted that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development requires urgent additional action for a step-change in how we partner and work better together, complementing what we want to achieve (the SDGs) and what this effort needs (the Financing for Development process).
‘Development effectiveness and the effectiveness principles are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda,’ said Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General in her opening remarks. She called on all partners to move on from traditional, ‘siloed’ approaches to development, working instead in an integrated way – with the multi-stakeholder Global Partnership serving as a model whole-of-society approach – for more empowered, inclusive, and equal partnerships to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the SLM, the Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership (Bangladesh, Germany, Uganda and the non-governmental Co-Chair) issued a joint statement highlighting that ‘the core objective of effective development co-operation is to improve development results at country level’.
Similarly, in a recent op-ed by OECD and UNDP, making up the Joint Support Team of the Global Partnership, also stated that ‘real effectiveness should be measured by addressing the needs of the people, and to reaching the most vulnerable in society, which can only be done with the participation of all relevant actors to shape national development priorities.’
To this end, a plethora of country-based data and tools from the Global Partnership’s first programme of work, was launched at the SLM, including
- new evidence on the effectiveness of partnering from a record 86 countries and more than 100 development partners,
- tailored country monitoring profiles,
- a Global Compendium of Good Practices based on concrete country examples,
- the Kampala Principles on effective private sector engagement, and
- a Knowledge Hub on effectiveness – an online space for sharing lessons learned on effectiveness, tailored to each stakeholder group.
Throughout the meeting, dynamic discussions also demonstrated how the effectiveness agenda has been tailored to different development contexts, including fragile contexts, South-South Co-operation and Triangular Co-operation modalities, as well as whole-of-society approaches, including an enabling environment for civil society organisations and private sector actors.
The SLM ended with a clear message: that we have a common goal, but different interests and expertise, and only when we recognise and understand our relative strengths, can we build strong partnerships for better results.
The meeting closed with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Switzerland taking on the Global Partnership Co-Chairmanship, from Uganda and Germany respectively. Bangladesh and the non-governmental Co-Chair will continue in their roles.
Ms. Julie Gichuru, Master of Ceremony, ended the SLM with a vision for the world after the 2030 Agenda: ‘behind the SDGs lies a world truly transformed; but this will not be by chance, but by design’. The effectiveness principles continue to offer guidance for shaping the coherent, empowered partnerships we need to achieve the 2030 Agenda’s broad vision of people, planet, prosperity and peace.
For latest updates on the SLM, follow #2019SLM @DevCooperation.
For key meeting documents, advocacy notes and relevant blogs, please click here.
For more pictures from the event, click here.
To watch the event, click here.