Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Closing Remarks at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation

Dec 1, 2016

On behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, I would like to congratulate and thank all those who worked tirelessly for over a year to organize the Second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership and bring this event to a good end. In particular, I thank the Kenyan Government for outstanding organization and hosting of such a dynamic, innovative and productive dialogue over the last four days.

I would like to also note with appreciation the leadership of the Co-Chairs over the last two years since the First High Level Meeting took place in Mexico. Let me take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Thomas Silberhorn Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, and Minister Mr. M. A. Mannan, State Minister of Finance of Bangladesh, H.E. Matia Kasaijja Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of Uganda as incoming Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership moving forward. We count on their vision in leading the Partnership under a renewed commitment in order to maximize the impact of all forms of cooperation and support the aspirations of our people and the planet for peace and prosperity.

This meeting, attended by over 2500 participants from over 130 countries and representing a wide range of development actors has provided a strong reaffirmation that effective development cooperation is an enabler for sustainable development. This is the core message of the outcome document emerging from our consultations and the deliberations of the Second High Level Meeting in Nairobi.
There is also a strong recognition of the importance of inclusion, trust and innovation in our efforts to make cooperation more effective. Equally important, the Partnership should continue to strengthen its foundation of respect by all partners for national ownership and for reliance and use of national strategies and country –led results frameworks in shaping the development cooperation agenda.

The vibrant discussions we have had on unleashing the untapped potential of multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development showed we share the understanding and appreciation of that by working together, development actors achieve beyond the simple sum up of their individual contributions. This is one of the critical conclusions the Global Partnership led us to and a great path to pursue on our SDGs journey.

In this context, we have also heard from numerous voices that, through structured dialogue and inclusive accountability mechanisms, underpinned by transparency at the country, regional and global levels, we build trust in our partnership and we strengthen its effectiveness.

Accountability is about learning what works and what does not. The second round of the Global Partnership monitoring framework has generated an important “on-the-ground” evidence. It has also helped nurture a useful dialogue as we have seen in the past days. I am encouraged by the strong recognition of the unique role of the monitoring framework and its continuous focus on country-level data and evidence.  

The Sustainable Development Goals form the pillars of the most ambitious international development cooperation agenda ever. The inter-related nature of the SDGs, the time constraints under which we are called upon to act, the multiplicity of actors and the diversity of engagements increase the importance of effective cooperation.

To this end, our deliberations at this second High-Level Meeting demonstrated that the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation is well positioned to provide practical utility to support inclusive development at the national and sub-national levels. Along this line, the Partnership will also provide valuable evidence to the review process overseen by the United Nations High Level Political Forum and to the complementary deliberations of the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) and the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum.

In the next High-Level Political Forum in July in New York, we will build on our discussions here to further advance our actions and maximize the contribution of development co-operation to the eradication of poverty in all forms and to prosperity. The Nairobi Action Agenda (NAA)/Nairobi Outcome Document along with the evidence generated by our monitoring exercise and the HLM2 itself will provide a solid ground to the HLPF.   

The credibility of our renewed agenda will depend on the degree to which we deliver on existing commitments on quality and quantity of development cooperation and on the ability to scale up innovative approaches to development. UNDP will continue to do its part to help leaders maximize the contribution of the Global Partnership, including by facilitating linkages back to the UN.

On the ground, the UN development system will continue to support countries to strengthen inclusive, country-led mechanisms for implementation of the SDGs, using development cooperation as a great enabler of sustainable gains at national and regional levels, in a way that improves the lives of the poorest and fosters a healthy environment. It is to the people and the planet that our action or inaction matters most.  Building on country level support and engagement, UNDP is committed to continuing to support the Partnership and its Co-chairs, together with the OECD in the pursuit of the goals outlined in the Nairobi Outcome Document.
I am honored to congratulate you all and declare the Second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation successfully closed.

Thank you !

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