Workshop for South-South Cooperation Providers prepares nations for major aid effectiveness debate

24 Mar 2014

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The Workshop for South-South Development Cooperation Providers, co-hosted by UNDP and the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC), is being held from 24-25 March in Beijing. This workshop brings together countries actively engaged in South-South cooperation to discuss their perspectives on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). Information provided during the event will help participating countries better contribute to debates and formulation of key messages at the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership, which will be held from 15-16 April in Mexico.

The HLM in Mexico is the first meeting under the auspices of the GPEDC established in Busan in 2011. The event is an inclusive, ministerial-level gathering intended to bring together the full membership of the Partnership to promote learning and accountability around implementation of the commitments made in Busan. It provides an opportunity for the international community to examine how effective development cooperation can be advanced in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. For South-South cooperation providers, the Mexico HLM is an opportunity to engage with traditional donors in a high-level setting, and share experiences and ideas on international development from different perspectives.

Mr. Gu Xueming, Vice President of CAITEC, and Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Country Director of UNDP China, introduced key issues to be discussed at the workshop through their opening remarks. Workshop participants are focusing discussions on the main themes of the HLM, including: progress on implementing the Busan commitments on effective development cooperation; tax and domestic resource mobilisation; the roles of middle income countries and the private sector in development cooperation; and global knowledge-sharing, triangular cooperation, and South-South cooperation.

The post-conference report summarizing the workshop’s key discussions and issues can be found here.