Closing Speech at the GPEDC Senior-Level Meeting

CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid delivered the closing remarks at the GPEDC Senior-Level Meeting in New York. In it, she highlights the importance of global partnership to achieve sustainable development, and invites all development actors to transform their commitments – towards an enabling environment for CSOs, promotion of human rights, and closely monitoring private sector engagement in development cooperation – into action.

Your excellencies, co-chairs and members of the Global Partnership, distinguished participants to the Senior Level Meeting, good afternoon.

On behalf of the CPDE, We would like to praise the efforts to hold a Senior-Level Meeting of the GPEDC back to back the HLPF; we sincerely thank those that have worked hard for this to happen and all the delegates who have travelled far to contribute to the SLM – by our participation, we have reaffirmed the importance of this community – the importance of the global partnership.

  • We see this meeting as a key milestone towards the celebration of the Busan agreement that will take place in two years time. From this meeting, we take away the conviction that the deliberations endorsed together in 2011 were visionary and forward looking.
  • Our conversations here in New York – inside and outside this hall – have just confirmed that, without transparency, country leadership, and peoples’ participation on development processes, the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda will not be met.
  • With this reality in mind, the CSO community will continue to fully support the endeavours of the GPEDC and will outreach to other platforms to share the lessons and the opportunity coming from the effectiveness agenda.
  • Bearing in mind that everyone should be leading by improving their own record on effectiveness, we highlight at least three areas where the expertise and knowledge are readily available.
  1. We would like to call on the development partners to deliver on the realisation of the CSO enabling environment commitments. It is in fact possible to initiate a multi-stakeholder work stream to implement country-level initiatives to realise the Nairobi commitment on reversing shrinking and closing civic space.In this regard, we invite all GPEDC constituencies to commit to the Belgrade Call to Action on reversing shrinking civic spaces, including the protection of human rights defenders.
  2. Adapting the monitoring framework for the Fourth Monitoring Round to countries facing conditions of conflict and/or fragility and South-South Cooperation, by safeguarding the integrity of the Monitoring Framework endorsed in Busan.
  3. Building upon the Kampala Principles to develop a monitoring indicator for the effective private sector engagement in development cooperation, including an assessment of blended finance and other leveraging arrangements consistent with development effectiveness principles, labour and other international human rights standards. These principles should contribute to putting people at the center of effective development cooperation.

Let us transform our commitments to action. If governments can aim to leave no one behind, then it should not be difficult to pledge to leave no commitment behind.

Thank you.

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