Private Sector and Civil Society partnership critical to 2030 Agenda

July 15, 2019

New York, July 14 – The two-day Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation(GPEDC) Senior Level Meeting underscored the urgency of shared responsibility as the way forward to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting concluded with a  joint statement of the Global Partnership’s co-chairs to reflect the core objective of effective development co-operation—improving development results at country level by being mutually accountable.

“Partnership is critical especially with the private sector and civil society in order to move from ‘silo’ to ‘system-thinking’ to overcome the complex development landscape,” said Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General. “2030 Agenda has the answer to transition out of the existing challenges such as climate change, inequality and migration.”

The high-level event organized on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum listed political will, accountability, transparency and national ownership as drivers of effective development. “Collective effort can only succeed if guided by evidence and data. Using development resources smartly can be a game changer if anchored by planning, delivering and demonstrating with a robust monitoring framework”—echoed the delegates.

 “Development Effectiveness is a global public good. It is for the poorest of the world, particularly women and girls. We need to protect, preserve and modernize to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated Susanna Moorehead, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

Thomas Gass, Assistant Director General, SDC Switzerland and the new Co-Chair of GPEDC said, “GPEDC is a civic space and a body that enables us to hold high principles in cooperation.” In his closing remarks, Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany said, “Together we have the responsibility to keep development cooperation alive.”

Discussing on the inter-linkages between Development Effectiveness and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants illustrated the relevance of the effectiveness principles for diverse actors and modalities and in different contexts with reference to the Kampala Principles on effective private sector engagement, The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, Paris Agreement and the South-South and Effective Triangular Co-operation and the BAPA+40 .

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