Overview Kicking off preparations for the 2019 Senior-Level Meeting with strong confidence in GPEDC: ‒ Steering Committee members welcomed the progress made in implementing the GPEDC work programme and indicated shared commitment to boost effectiveness for the 2030 Agenda – signalling continued importance of collective actions. They also reiterated the importance of positioning effectiveness as a foundational dimension of the 2030 Agenda. ‒ The meeting confirmed the shared objectives of the Global Partnership’s 2019 Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) to galvanize governments, civil society and other actors into the ‘gear change’ needed to accelerate SDG implementation at the country and global level. The SLM will convene at DirectorsGeneral and Permanent Secretaries level to review progress based on fresh evidence, spark action to realise the SDGs, and shape a new effectiveness narrative to spur the 2030 Agenda implementation.
‒ This new narrative will be informed by bringing together all relevant actors and evidence, including from GPIs, introducing new tools (the compendium of good practices, the knowledge-sharing platform, principles and guidelines for effective private sector engagement, and tailored approaches to monitoring effectiveness in fragile contexts, as well as of South-South Co-operation) and addressing new frontier effectiveness topics (thematic effectiveness issues, triangular co-operation, and technological innovation were highlighted). ‒ The meeting gave encouraging signals for continued leadership of the Global Partnership, with positive indications of interest for future co-chairing roles as well as Steering Committee seats. Innovative chairing arrangement gives GPEDC a boost: ‒ Civil society is now, for the first time, representing, as a fourth Co-Chair, the six non-executive constituencies of the Committee in a pilot phase, which was agreed to run up until the 2019 SLM. This is globally unique, going beyond the usual multi-stakeholder set-up of other partnerships, and allowing non-state actors to shape the work of the Global Partnership in a truly collaborative way and on an equal footing. This new role contributed to the positive and collegial atmosphere and spirit throughout the meeting.