Asia-Pacific nations meet to set development co-operation priorities in Seoul

Mar 10, 2014

PHOTO: UNDP Seoul Policy Centre

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries met in Seoul today to review progress and tackle challenges in boosting and improving development co-operation in developing countries.

The two day meeting brought together representatives of Governments, civil society, business and international organisations to forge regional consensus on the next steps to improve the quality of development assistance.

The regional stock-taking, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea and the UN Development Programme, comes just six weeks before the First High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to be held in Mexico City on 15 - 16 April.

Mauricio Escanero, Mexico's envoy charged with co-ordinatinating the communique for the High-Level Meeting, is attending, along with a number of Global Partnership Steering Committee members. 

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation helps nations, business and organisations work better together to end poverty.

Bringing 161 Governments and 54 organisations together around set of principles to guide development co-operation, it was created in Busan, Korea in 2011.

The Asia-Pacific consultation should feed into the communique to be agreed by Heads of State of Government, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Ministers and development leaders from business, international organisations and civil society in Mexico City on April 15 -16.

About the Global Partnership

The Global Partnership brings governments, private companies, civil society and others together to ensure funding, time and knowledge produce maximum impact for development.

The Global Partnership is led by three high profile Co-Chairs:

·         Armida Alisjahbana, Minister for National Development Planning, Indonesia;

·         Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom; and,

·         Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria.

The Global Partnership can help drive progress and support the implementation of the global development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals target year of 2015.

It is a forum for advice, shared accountability and shared learning and experiences to support the implementation of principles that form the foundation of effective development co-operation:

·         ownership by developing countries;

·         a focus on results;

·         inclusive development partnerships; and,

·         transparency and accountability to one another.

The principles were endorsed at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in 2011.

The Global Partnership works with partners to complement existing efforts that impact on effective development co-operation. These include the UN Development Co-operation Forum, the Development Working Group of the G20 and the UN-led process of creating a global development agenda for after 2015.

The Global Partnership builds on a range of international efforts, including those begun in the Monterrey Consensus of 2002, the Rome Declaration on Harmonisation (2003), the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action in 2008.

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Matthew Taylor – UNDP Seoul Policy Centre:  Cell: +82 (0)10 2754 2814