Eighth meeting of the Global Partnership Steering Committee : 3-4 September 2015, Mexico City
Juan Manuel Valle Pereña, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), welcomed Steering Committee members noting that the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) has managed to firmly position itself in the Financing for Development Agenda, and will play a key role in the upcoming United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (25-27 September). Mr Valle welcomed Japan as a new Steering Committee member, noting their role in spearheading GPEDC work on Middle Income Countries. Mexico announced a financial contribution to the Joint Support Team (JST) and warmly welcomed the leadership of the government of Kenya in the preparations for the second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the GPEDC. Mexico, alongside the other Co-Chairs, will endeavour to support Kenya to ensure a successful HLM2 outcome.
Newby Kumwembe, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Malawi, recalled strong progress including the GPEDC Planning Workshop (Brussels, 21-22 January), key side events hosted at the World Bank Spring Meetings (Washington D.C., 19 April), the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda (New York, 20 April), and at the Financing for Development Conference (Addis Ababa, 14 July). The Co-Chairs and Joint Support Team met with Kenyan colleagues in Nairobi to start preparing the ground for HLM2 (18-19 July 2015), and look forward to working closely with Kenyan colleagues to ensure a successful meeting in 2016. The Co-Chairs and Joint Support Team have held regular videoconference calls at senior level on how to best take the GPEDC work forward. Mr Kumwembe suggested continuing efforts to strengthen the contribution of Global Partnership Initiatives (GPIs) and the monitoring framework, including through the work of the Monitoring Advisory Group. The second monitoring round will gather results on the behaviour of international development actors, and this will provide evidence and inputs for HLM2 in Kenya in 2016.
Jeroen Verheul, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, suggested that the GPEDC reflect on whether it is achieving its aim of behaviour change and whether there is a gap between its ambition and what is delivered. He suggested that a collective sense of purpose and further collective action are needed from all members – “don’t ask what the JST and GPEDC can do for you but what you can do for the GPEDC.” He noted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), in addition to recognizing the contribution of the GPEDC, has given the UN Development Co-operation Forum (DCF) an important role in relation to development effectiveness, and efforts to strengthen complementarity between the processes should be continued.