The Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (HLM2) took place between 28th of November – 1st of December 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya.
With the theme “Towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, the event reunited around 2,000 representatives of governments, parliaments, international organizations, business and civil society and included two preparatory days – the Youth and Women’s Forums (28th of November), the Nairobi Civil Society Forum, Business Forum, Philanthropy Forum, Parliamentary Forum and Monitoring Workshop (29th of November) – and the High-Level Segment (30th of November – 1st of December).
The objectives of the meeting were to track progress, exchange best practices and renew commitments for an effective development co-operation in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Moreover, the meeting also had the purpose of renewing the mandate of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) and setting up the working arrangements in the new context.
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation is the only platform reuniting all development actors for the purpose of ensuring an effective developments cooperation, focused on ownership of the development process, results, inclusive partnerships and mutual accountability.
Civil society was represented at the HLM2 through the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness – CPDE – the only global coalition that unites civil society voices from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. CPDE is the official CSO platform engaging in GPEDC, having a seat in the Steering Committee of the GPEDC.
The European Region within CPDE had 23 delegates from both EU member states and Black Sea Region & Balkans. The heads of the European CSO delegation were Izabella Toth as the European CPDE Representative and Justin Kilcullen as CPDE co-chair coming from the European region. The Black Sea Region and Balkans were represented by Antonita Fonari (CPDE Non-EU Sub-regional Representative/ National Council of NGOs from Moldova), Heghine Manasyan (Caucasus Research Resource CenterArmenia Foundation) and Simona Ognenovska (Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – MCIC).
The Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND, currently holding the European Regional Secretariat of CPDE, together with the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development – CONCORD, provided support to the European CSO Delegates by disseminating discussions and negotiation updates, as well as the positions of CPDE to enable the delegates to advocate to their national governments in favour of civil society demands reflected in the document CSO Key Asks for a Stronger Global Partnership.
CPDE organised the Nairobi Civil Society Forum (29th of November) in preparation of the High-Level Meeting, with the purpose of discussing the key messages and demands of civil society organisations (CSOs) to advocate for a more effective development co-operation. The main result of the Forum was the elaboration of the CSO Communique – a call of civil society for universal effective development co-operation that is accountable to people and to all partners in development in the lead up to HLM2. The documents contains important demands referring to effective development co-operation and accountability in the 2030 Agenda; accountability of the private sector; south-south cooperation; countries / regions in situation of conflict and fragility; enabling environment for civil society; and development effectiveness of CSOs.
Moreover, CPDE’s position at the HLM2 is summed up in the document CSO imperatives for a successful outcome document.
Other activities organised by CPDE and CPDE delegates at the HLM2 included the side event “Universalising Effective Development Co operation through promoting accountability of all actors committed to Busan & 2030 Agenda”, as well as organising / co-organising other side events and plenaries.
All the discussions and negotiations held at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation were reflected in the Nairobi Outcome Document.