“Measurable progress” on the Busan Partnership Agreement can be seen in many countries, according to Global Partnership steering committee member Sigrid Kaag.
“It is varied, but we see measurable progress across a wide range of countries,” said Kaag on the sidelines of Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation Steering Committee meeting in Ethiopia this July.
UN Assistant Secretary General and Chief of Partnerships for the UN Development Programme, Ms Kaag represents the UN Development Group and UNDP on the Committee.
She said it was normal that it had taken a little time to get the Global Partnership off the ground in terms of its steering committee, process and overall political direction.
“In the meantime, countries have not waited,” she added. “With the support of UNDP and UN country team members and national partners they have taken forward parts of an agenda”.
“In some countries we see that there is progress around the role of the private sector in inclusive development, in other countries there is a stronger emphasis on aid coordination and planning, or looking at work in the civil society.”
She said that the UNDP and UNDG had been very active since the run-up to the 2011 Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, supporting global monitoring efforts around the Global Partnership’s 10 indicators that emerged from the event.
“But more importantly, we are the engine at country level working with our national partners to ensure that the priorities they set are implemented, that progress is being achieved against their voices on global development and inclusive development are heard and brought back to the global policy table.”
Ministerial in Mexico
Kaag voiced “delight” at emerging economy and strong southern development provider Mexico’s pledge to host the Global Partnership’s first ministerial-level meeting in early 2014.
“It is a high-level ministerial where a number of topics will be placed on the agenda,” she added.
“Domestic resource mobilization being one, the role of the private sector, South-South co-operation, triangular co-operation and also issues such as knowledge-sharing – these are all central to the changes we see in the development architecture and the emerging development paradigm.
“The very first ministerial is an important benchmark. I think it has tremendous scope for debate and also testing of experiences and last but not least, we will look at the implementation of the Busan commitments so there is also a measurement of accountability towards one another within the international community.”
Click here to watch the full interview given by Ms. Kaag at the Steering Committee meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation held 25-26 July, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.