UNDP Assistant Administrator speaks on inclusive global partnership at 9th Seoul ODA Conference

Nov 12, 2015

UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy speaks at the 9th Seoul ODA Conference. (Photo: KOICA)

In a speech at the 9th Seoul ODA Conference themed “Inclusive Partnership in the Post-2015 Framework,” UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, Mr. Michael O’Neill, discussed the importance of an inclusive global partnership among government, the private sector and civil society at the global, regional, national and local level for collective action toward achieving the SDGs.

He illustrated the new agenda’s focus on inclusiveness by citing the call for integration among development actors of all kinds across goals, commitment to “leave no one behind” by addressing the determinants of inequality and exclusion, attention to universality in providing for global public goods, and emphasis on accountability and the need for better quality and accessible data and knowledge in implementing and monitoring the SDGs.

As lessons from the implementation of the MDGs have shown, striking a balance between inclusiveness and effectiveness is key to achieving successful inclusive partnerships. The Busan development effectiveness principles of country ownership, results focus, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability, thus, remain relevant for global partnership in the Post-2015 Framework. Mr. O’Neill noted that the recently launched Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data will contribute to ensuring the availability of better data and knowledge within national governments.

In his concluding remarks, he emphasized how the UN Development System will continue to promote the inclusiveness and effectiveness of global, regional and national level development partnership activities within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda.

The conference was co-organized by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency). Mr. O’Neill delivered his speech on 27 October 2015 in Seoul.