Mexico City, Mexico – A Parliamentary Forum was held on 14 April in the capital of Mexico on the eve of the first High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). Jointly organised by AWEPA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Mexican Parliament, the Forum brought together parliamentarians from across the world to articulate a parliamentary perspective on the key themes of the HLM, including domestic resource mobilization, as well as to identify ways in which parliamentary participation leads to better development outcomes.
In particular, the Parliamentary Forum served to:
- Send a strong message about the need to strengthen parliaments so that they can contribute to development effectiveness processes as key partners at the country level;
- Encourage follow-up by parliaments and their inclusion in aid structures at country level;
- Review how the Global Partnership has done in meeting its commitments on effective development cooperation, particularly those concerning parliaments (indicators 6 and 7).
Mobilising Parliaments for Effective Development Cooperation
This was not the first time AWEPA supported parliamentarians in relation to development effectiveness. In 2008, it led the first parliamentary delegation to the Third High-Level Forum in Accra in order to give voice to the parliamentary perspective in making development more effective. In addition, three years ago, on the eve of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) held in Busan, AWEPA pooled with IPU and the National Assembly of South Korea to organise a Parliamentary Forum; the Forum served as a repository for the collection of parliamentary inputs to be communicated to the plenary and was intended to catalyse deepened involvement of parliaments and parliamentarians in the implementation of the commitments endorsed at the High Level Fora in Paris (2005), Accra (2008), and Busan (2011).
Since then, AWEPA and IPU have paved the way for direct parliamentary engagement in the GPEDC structures going forward, and raised the awareness of other stakeholder groups of the significance of parliaments in the debate. Significantly, the role of parliaments has been formally recognised in each of these global agreements – most strongly in Article 21 of the Busan Partnership Agreement on Development Effectiveness (2011) to strengthen the role of parliaments “including by supporting capacity development – backed by adequate resources”.
First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation
During the event, which took place on 15 and 16 April 2014, 38 new initiatives were launched by governments, business, private foundations and civil society to push forward effective development co-operation. The meeting included speeches by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Mexican President Peña Nieto, among others. Participants from over 130 countries discussed the progress made so far in development cooperation and the actions needed in the post-2015 development agenda.
The Global Partnership, established in Busan, South Korea in 2011, aims to help nations, business and organisations work better together to end poverty.
- Concept Note
- Opening remarks by the IPU Secretary General, Mr. Anders B. Johnsson
- Opening remarks by Lord David Chidgey, member of the AWEPA Governing Council
- Final Statement: Parliamentary Preparatory Workshop for the First High-Level Meeting of the GPEDC (March 2014)
- Legislative Principles for Development Effectiveness (IPU-AWEPA, 2011)
- “Evidence of Strengthened Parliamentary Oversight of Development Expenditure” (AWEPA, 2011)
- “Making Aid Work: Towards Better Development Results. Practical Guidance for Parliamentarians on the Role of Parliaments in Development Effectiveness” (IPU, 2010)
- “Safeguarding the Interests of the People: Parliamentarians and Aid Effectiveness” (AWEPA, 2009)
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