UNDP China contributes to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation High Level Meeting (HLM) in Mexico
On 15-16 April, 1500 delegates from all regions and stakeholders gathered in Mexico City for the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The meeting was an opportunity for a wide range of those involved in global development to share progress and lessons learned and consider the need for new actions.
UNDP China made two substantive contributions to the HLM. The first was to share the findings of the UNDP China e-book on ‘The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Foreign Aid: possibilities for South South Cooperation’. Mr. Steven Sabey, Deputy Country Director, presented the findings to a focus session on the role of non-state actors in South South Cooperation that had over 100 participants from both southern and northern thinktanks, civil society and the private sector.
Secondly, UNDP supported the organization of the inaugural meeting of the ‘Network of Southern Thinktanks’ (NeST). The creation of this network was proposed in Beijing at the UNDP-Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC) Workshop for South-South Cooperation Providers on 24-25 March.
The intentions behind the network are to: reach a common conception of South South Cooperation (SSC); develop a conceptual framework of what SSC can contribute and formulate an associated roadmap; develop indicators for impact assessment (recognizing national specificities); and strengthen data collection. The inaugural meeting reached a broad consensus around these objectives and appointed an informal working group comprising thinktanks from China, India, Brazil and South Africa to take the network’s work forward.
Participants at the HLM saw this as a welcome and timely initiative from the south; it was recorded in the meeting’s communiqué and was commended by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark in her closing remarks.