Effective Multi-level Governance toward Post-2015

8th Annual Meeting of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralization and Local Governance (DeLoG)

UN Headquarters, New York, 4-7 June 2013

The 8th Annual Meeting of the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralization and Local Governance (DeLoG). DeLoG is made of 27 multilateral and bilateral agencies working in decentralization and local governance. The Group seeks to develop a conceptual framework, shared vision and operational co-ordination in the field of decentralization and local governance as well as cooperation between its Development Partners, in order to enhance their effectiveness. It is also works to facilitate the exchange of information among members in a shared workspace and access to critical development information in the subject area.

DeLoG believes that supporting local governments is necessary for achieving sustainable development. Therefore, support to local governments and other actors at subnational level must assist them to:

  • Develop the necessary capacities of local governments to effectively fulfill their assigned functions;
  • Implement and /or strengthen sound and transparent public financial management systems;
  • Build effective oversight and performance assessment systems;
  • Secure transparency, accountability and citizen participation in local development planning;
  • Create an enabling environment for local economic development.

The meeting hosted by UN (UNDP, UNCDF, and UNHABITAT) is currently taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York, from the 4th to 7th of June. This year’s theme is “Effective multi-level governance for improved development results”. The specific objectives are:

  • To discuss and shape the role of decentralization and local governance in the Post 2015 and Busan Aid Effectiveness agendas;
  • To contribute to a common understanding around concepts, experiences, and trends of decentralization, local governance, and multi-level governance; and develop a mid-term strategy to promote improved development effectiveness based on this understanding.

The first day of the meeting will thus be devoted to discussions on Decentralisation and Local Governance and the Post 2015 Agenda. As the Practice Director of Democratic Governance Group, I gave an opening statement, followed by statements from the Executive Secretary of UNCDF, Marc Bichler; the UNHABITAT Director of New York office, Yamina Djacta; and representatives of Germany and Switzerland, Peter Silberberg and Kuno Schläfli. Rene Mauricio Valdes, chief of staff, One UN Post 2015 secretariat, then presented on the Post-2015 process and global consultation on governance and lead participants into discussions.

The focus for the second day will be the discussion on Multi-level Governance as it applies to improved service delivery, accountable-local governance and fragile situations while the third day primarily focuses on multi-level governance as it applies to the urban challenge.

UNDP is leading two presentations, “Facilitating an Integrated Support for Decentralisation And Local Governance in Fragile Situations-A Practical Experience on UN Agencies and Development Partners” and the second on “Mechanisms facilitating multilevel governance: Experiences from the field”.

At the end of the meeting DeLOG and its members should have taken stock of the Busan implementation process, Post 2015 discussions and the place of local governance and evolving strategies to better position local governments in the implementation of the next global development agenda.

The opening speeches and presentations by UNDP and a summary of each day’s discussion will be made available on the UNDP public website.

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