First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

More than 200 civil society organisations participated at the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)

Mexico City

jeudi 15 mai 2014

Subject :Civil society and Efficiency of the cooperation in the development

Keywords : civil society, cooperation in the development, (Mexico City), high-level meeting

More than 200 civil society organisations have come together as a unified community and participated constructively in the processes leading to and at the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Mexico. We join other development actors in recognising the consensus reached in the HLM Communiqué. We acknowledge the efforts of the GPEDC to regain momentum on the road to and in Mexico by encouraging multi-stakeholder dialogue around key topics such as inclusive development and poverty eradication, domestic resource mobilization (DRM), South-South Cooperation and inclusive partnerships. However, the progress made since Busan is not sufficient – as recognized by most stakeholders and in the Global Monitoring Report. In Mexico, no new commitments and actions were made to accelerate progress on taking forward the principles and actions agreed in Busan, which is stalling. The HLM communiqué is an outcome of collaborative efforts among Partnership stakeholders. We welcome the commitments on inclusive development, untying aid, democratic country ownership, enhanced taxation and use of country systems, gender equality and women’s empowerment and the support for CSOs as independent development actors. Civil society maintains that, while the Communiqué respected the commitments made in Busan, it does not bring us closer to the goals of development effectiveness. CSOs have pushed for stronger commitments and objected to several points throughout consultations leading to Mexico The failure to commit to several key issues leaves us deeply concerned. As such, we remain critical about several aspects that we have been continuously putting forward throughout the process. Specifically : • The space for CSOs is shrinking and stronger commitments on Human-Rights Based Approaches, gender equality standards and enabling environment frameworks civil society are missing from the HLM outcome document.

• The HLM and the Communiqué are characterized by an unbalanced featuring of the private sector. We specifically criticise the weak accountability norms on private sector investments and actions.

• The outcome of this HLM is supposed to deliver the “how” to the post-2015 process. What we witness, however, is a lack of value added in the communiqué with no proposal for a roadmap underpinning this goal. CSOs encourage stakeholders to take forward the commitments made in Paris, Accra, Busan and Mexico. CPDE further urges for a more nuanced approach, which includes support for multi-stakeholder monitoring, social dialogue and respect for country ownership, additionality, as well as international human rights, including women’s rights and decent work standards on business activities in development cooperation. We will advocate for and commit to our oversight roles in monitoring progress at country and global levels on transparency and accountability standards, in DRM and on private sector activities, including in PPPs. Moving into next phase of the GPEDC post-Mexico, we hope to see a stronger commitment by all stakeholders to progress, inclusive and democratic values, mutual accountability and transparency in the governance of the Partnership itself. On concrete actions, civil society feels strongly about the need to ameliorate indicators and data collection of the Global Monitoring Framework. We encourage greater involvement by all stakeholders in the monitoring processes and assert CSO engagement. We will push for a clearer commitment to policy coherence between the Partnership and the ongoing UN post-2015 processes. Civil society remains committed to engage and contribute meaningfully, at the national and the global levels, to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

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