This session of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) was organized to allow stakeholders to elaborate how development cooperation will have to change in order to help implement a transformative post 2015 development agenda. The following two key questions were addressed: How will different actors be able to support a unified and universal set of goals, and how can national ownership and coordination be guaranteed in this context?
Mr. Wennubst presented key messages from the 2013 High level Symposium held in Switzerland. He said that a key feature of the post-2015 development agenda will be the inclusion of the universality principle towards sustainable development to ensure poverty eradication. He also highlighted the importance of accountability. Mr. Bapna elaborated on the role of development cooperation in implementing a forward-looking post-2015 development framework. He said that development cooperation plays the role of a catalyst, which accelerates local efforts. He said that development finance is a key component of development cooperation. Mr. Bapna explained that ODA, which makes up about 70% of external financing and 10% of GDP, plays a very significant role in low-income countries.
Mr. Semodji explained the division of labor between different development actors. He said that the role of developing countries, according to the Monterrey Consensus, is that they have to define clear strategies for the basis of their development. The role envisioned for international, multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental actors was that they will be able to provide technical and financial assistance. He said that the international actors have played their role in this regard. However, Mr. Semodji said that there were problems in the implementation of this role. Mr. Premajayantha said that an effective intervention of DCF is crucial. He also emphasized that the coordination of all stakeholders and projects is vital. The key factors for poverty eradication and sustainable development are a peaceful atmosphere in countries, political stability, and effective management of human and physical resources, he explained. Ms. Akhtar called for a much deeper and broader inter-governmental cooperation that institutes an effective global governance system.
Meeting Title: Advancing a unified and universal development agenda, 2014 Development Cooperation Forum
Speakers: H.E. Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council; Ms. Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning (Moderator); Mr. Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation; H.E. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka; H.E. Mawussi Djossou Semodji, Minister of Planning, Togo; Mr. Manish Bapna, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute; H.E. Hélèn Laverdierè, Member of Parliament, Canada; Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Date: 10 June 2014
Location: Conference Room 1 (CB), United Nations HQ, New York
Written By WIT Representative: Shan Cheema
Edited By WIT Representative: Marli Kasdan