Berlin, Germany – A symposium hosted by the high-level segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) entitled “Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era” will be held 20-21 March. The symposium will focus on the enhancement of development effectiveness as an essential component in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Developing and developed countries, Global South partners, civil society, philanthropic foundations, the private sector, parliamentarians, local governments and international organizations will all be engaged in the discussion. The Germany Symposium will serve as the final preparatory event for the 2014 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) of ECOSOC which will occur in July.
In addition, a dinner meeting will be held on the day prior to the Symposium as an opportunity for Members of Parliament participating in the latter to share experiences both as politicians and as development specialists. The meeting is jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Association European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Government of Germany. The meeting will draw the attention of parliamentarians on two questions on the agenda of the symposium:
- How could quality and effectiveness in development cooperation be usefully featured in a post-2015 development agenda?
- How can parliamentarians support national and global accountability mechanisms?
The discussion on these points will help shed light on other aspects of the Symposium’s agenda, preparing the parliamentarians for rich and fruitful contributions during the main sessions. In fact, IPU and AWEPA are actively engaged in the work of the UN Development Cooperation Forum since its inception and play a critical role in mobilizing parliamentarians to participate in its meetings and activities.