The Global Partnership’s Steering Committee met for the 14th time last week in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
It reviewed progress on implementing the Global Partnership’s 2017-2018 Strategic Work Programme – a plan for implementing last year’s Nairobi Outcome Document – for the first time since it was agreed in April, 2017.
Discussions took place in the context of the urgent need to implement the internationally-agreed principles of effective development co-operation, in support of achieving the 2030 Agenda. Global Partnership Co-Chair and Bangladeshi Minister of Finance Abul Maal A Muhith captured this spirit in his opening remarks, saying, ‘To attain the SDGs, it is absolutely important to champion our principles’.
The meeting produced a number of specific conclusions (a full summary is forthcoming in mid-November) including:
- Creating political momentum remains essential: The Global Partnership should continue to generate international political momentum around the internationally-agreed principles of effective development co-operation, building on efforts by the Co-Chairs, Steering Committee and other Global Partnership stakeholders at the UN forums on Financing for Development and SDG follow up and review. The Committee discussed opportunities for a major meeting to review upcoming evidence from the Global Partnership’s third round of monitoring, and generate policy commitments.
- Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Global Partnership: The Committee discussed further actions to make the Global Partnership even more inclusive. These included plans for: specialised dialogues with emerging providers of co-operation; an engagement platform to learn from their perspectives; further involvement of the private sector by creation of a caucus of business leaders; and a Global Partnership platform for sharing knowledge.
- We will continue to focus on impact: country-level impact was a central theme of discussion across work streams. The Committee discussed country pilots to advance country-level impact, and plans to further engage Global Partnership Initiatives (GPIs) informed wider discussion.
The Steering Committee meeting attracted media coverage, including in Financial express, BSS News, Daily Sun, The Independent BD, BD News 24, News Today, The Finance Today, Ruposhi Bangla News and BTV & BTV World; and on social media.