The first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation marks a major milestone in the global fight against poverty.
Over 1500 development leaders joined Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría in Mexico City to:
- review global progress in making development co-operation more effective;
- agree on actions to boost progress; and,
- anchor effective development co-operation in the post-2015 global development agenda.
The leaders who came together in Mexico City included heads of state and government, ministers, parliamentarians and leaders from international organisations, business, civil society and foundations.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline of 2015 is fast approaching. Phenomenal gains have been made, yet poverty still afflicts one in seven people around the world – and one in eight still go to bed hungry.
The first Global Partnership High-Level Meeting reaffirms the importance of effective development co-operation in meeting the MDGs and as a key part of the ‘how’ of the next global development framework.
The two-day forum included five plenary sessions and 28 focus sessions on a range of critical themes for development:
- Progress on implementing key principles of effective development co-operation. Working with and for all, being more transparent, ensuring developing countries are in the lead, and focusing on results are all key to making sure that all types of development cooperation have real and sustainable impact on the ground.
This session reviewed progress and took new steps to boost impact of the commitments made at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011. The session also looked at ways to promote inclusive development.
- Tax and development. No country should be dependent on others’ resources for its own development. Developed and developing countries must work together to boost domestic resource mobilisation.
In this session, leaders agreed on ways to step up and support existing development co-operation to boost tax collection, cut illicit financial flows and strengthen policies that support inclusive development, building on recent progress on these issues.
- Delivering development effectively in middle-income countries. As the home of nearly 75% of the world’s poor, ‘middle-income’ countries face complex development challenges of reducing inequality while at the same time fueling sustained economic growth.
In this session leaders exchanged practical ideas on targeted and differentiated strategies of development co-operation that can deliver poverty reduction and inclusive growth in middle-income countries in an effective, sustainable way.
- Knowledge sharing, South-South and triangular co-operation. Country-led co-operation and mutual learning among developing countries can accelerate development. Some of this support comes in the form of knowledge – which is prized because it is based on recent, concrete experience.
In this session, leaders showcased and discussed ways to scale up country-led development co-operation including with a view to implement the post-2015 development agenda.
- Improving the role of business in development. There is no longer a question of whether business can affect development. The question is how to ensure business has a stronger positive impact on driving progress.
In this final but critical session, leaders shared some of the most innovative and dynamic examples of how this positive impact is being delivered, and took action to do more.