The Global Partnership organised a Global Partnership Initiatives’ Acceleration Workshop on 21-22 June 2016 in Barcelona, hosted by the global organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in partnership with the European Commission and with the support of the Government of Japan. The Workshop brought together 55 participants from governments of both developing and developed countries, local governments, civil society organisations, academia and international organisations.
The meeting aimed to help Global Partnership Initiatives (GPIs) to step up their efforts in contributing to achieving effective development co-operation ahead of the 2nd GPEDC High Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi (28 November-1 December 2016). It provided an opportunity for representatives of GPIs to exchange experiences, identify opportunities for collaboration and discuss policy messages that can inform discussions and decisions at HLM2.
Discussions confirmed the role of Global Partnership Initiatives in the Global Partnership: they contribute to implementation and knowledge sharing by testing new approaches, generating evidence and developing innovative ways of implementing the principles of development effectiveness. Participants also agreed on the need for stronger collaboration among Global Partnership Initiatives as well as greater articulation between the Initiatives with Global Partnership monitoring, policy dialogue and decision making. Finally, discussions generated practical recommendations to inform the Global Partnership’s renewed mandate and HLM2.