Senior-Level Meeting 2019
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) hosted its first Senior-Level Meeting on 13-14 July 2019, on the margins of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in NYC
Senior-Level Meeting Key Documents
Why a 2019 Senior-Level Meeting (SLM)?
The scale of the ambition captured in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has moved from a whole-of-government effort to whole-of-society, and from billions to trillions. In this context, the proposition of the GPEDC is two-fold. First, that multi-stakeholder approaches will be increasingly critical moving forward. Second, that we have what we want to achieve in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a framework for what this needs in the Financing for Development (FfD) process. Complementing these by addressing how we partner and work together (the effectiveness principles) will be critical for the enabling architecture of the 2030 Agenda.
The internationally-agreed effectiveness principles provide a framework for all stakeholders to maximise the potential of each dollar spent:
- Ownership by partner countries
- A focus on results
- Inclusive partnerships
- Transparency & mutual accountability
Their power and relevance are evident in the record 86 countries that participated in the 2018 Global Partnership monitoring exercise
Why at the 2019 HLPF?
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has fast become the pre-eminent venue for the international review of efforts to achieve the SDGs. 2019 will be more important still, as the General Assembly convenes the Forum for the quadrennial SDG Summit in September, bringing the review of progress – and gaps – so far, to the very highest levels of government.
Moreover, the theme of the 2019 HLPF – empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality – is directly aligned with the effectiveness principles, aspiring to more empowered, inclusive and equal partnerships, for more sustainable development outcomes.
The Senior-Level Meeting highlighted the importance and contribution of effectiveness by showcasing tools – from and for the country level – for making development co-operation more effective.
It presented new approaches to effectiveness in different contexts, and charted new ground, in view of global trends, for advancing effectiveness. It also provided deeper insights into several goals under review in the 2019 HLPF, including SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), SDG 8 (Decent work) and SDG 16 (Peace, justice, and strong institutions), as well as new data on SDG 5 (Gender equality).
What did the SLM achieve?
At the Second High-Level Meeting in Nairobi in 2016, stakeholders agreed to extend the cycle of standalone Global Partnership High-Level Meetings and to organise Senior-Level Meetings at the level just below Ministers. The 2019 Senior-Level Meeting, bridging Nairobi and the next High-Level Meeting, is the first of its kind, and sought to galvanize governments, civil society and other actors into the ‘gear change’ needed to accelerate SDG implementation at the country level and globally.
The meeting presented the achievements of the Global Partnership since Nairobi, and showed how outputs from the current programme of work are contributing to an objective-led meeting, aiming to:
What did the SLM launch?
The SLM launched several important tools for making development cooperation more effective:
2019 Progress Report showcasing 2018 global partnership monitoring results from a record 86 countries;
86 Individual Country Profiles to make national results more easily usable;
The new GPEDC Compendium of Good Practices compiles success stories from the country level and shows how partner countries overcome common effectiveness challenges
The Kampala Principles for Effective Private Sector Engagement through development cooperation to provide new guidance for governments, development partners, businesses and civil society to make private sector partnerships more effective at the country level;
Tailored Monitoring Approaches to monitor the effectiveness in fragile context and through South- South Cooperation;
SLM Co-Chairs Statement to capture the latest efforts by partners on making development more effective.
The Senior-Level Meeting brought together 500+ key decision-makers and senior representatives, i.e. Vice-Ministers, Directors-General, Permanent Secretaries, civil society representatives, and heads of organisations and CEOs. We acknowledge the contributions of the European Commission, Germany, and Switzerland in supporting the logistics and organization of the Senior-Level Meeting, as well as the efforts of all partners that help make the work of the Global Partnership a reality.