Civil society gears up for Mexico High-Level Meeting

MEXICO CITY, 14 April 2014–A day before the first High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Development Cooperation, civil society representatives from around the world will gather at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look back on what has been achieved since Busan and identify ways forward to effective development.

Under the theme of Effective Development through Inclusive Partnerships, the CSO Forum will prepare the global CSO community in engaging with the substantive themes of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The Forum’s session will address advocacy concerns in regard to the HLM and assess progress since Busan, specifically in regard to the Global Monitoring Report, Inclusive Development and the Enabling Environment for CSOs in development cooperation.

Specific sessions will be organised on the HLM themes as well as on CSO key topics, such as on CSO Development Effectiveness and the implementation of Istanbul principles, Human Rights-Based Approach to development, the role of inclusive partnerships in the post-2015 process, and gender equality. The meeting will evaluate what really is at stake during the Mexico HLM and bring together diverse CSO perspectives on unfinished business of Accra and Paris, challenges post-Busan and ways forward to effective development cooperation.

Organised by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) in cooperation with UNDP, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GIZ, the CSO Forum aims to guide CSO engagement in shaping the future of development cooperation.