International workshop on global partnerships for effective development and its links to Post-2015 development agenda commences

25 Aug 2013

Dhaka, 25 August, 2013: A three-day long international workshop on the global partnership for effective development cooperation and its’ links to the Post-2015 development agenda was inaugurated at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon today.

The Honorable Finance Minister of the Government of Bangladesh Mr. A M A Muhith inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest. Honourable Minister for Planning Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A K Khandker, Bir Uttom, MP was also present at the event as the special guest. Secretary to the Economic Relations Division (ERD) Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad chaired the inaugural session.

Government representatives from a number of countries in the Asia Pacific region including Indonesia, South Korea, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Maldives, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor Liste along with members of the Global Partnership Steering Committee, representatives from regional platforms and building blocks as well as delegates from OECD/UNDP joint team supporting the global partnership attended the workshop.

Policy makers and high level officials from the government as well as representatives from resident bilateral and multilateral development partners were also in attendance.

The aim of the workshop is to assist Asian countries in enhancing development cooperation particularly in the context of the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Post-2015 development agenda. The findings of the workshop will be presented in the upcoming Global Partnership Ministerial Meeting to be held in Mexico in 2014 to provide feedback from Asia to influence the post-MDG agenda and strengthen support towards the implementation of the Busan Partnership.

On the inaugural day of the workshop, two plenary sessions were held. One titled ‘The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Evolving Post-MDG Agenda- Asia Perspective’. Finance Minister Mr. A M A Muhith chaired this plenary session while ERD Secretary Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad moderated.

In addition, two breakout sessions were held on the implementation and monitoring of the Busan commitments and global partnership for effective development cooperation and the Post‐2015 agenda and the potential role of global partnerships for effective development cooperation.

A total of five plenary sessions along with numerous breakout sessions are scheduled to be held over the course of three days dealing with the Asian perspective on GPEDC and the Post-MDG Agenda, the possible nature of development financing and cooperation beyond 2015 and the possible role of trade and private Sector for equitable development in this regard as well as the Asian approaches on South South cooperation and triangular cooperation.

Furthermore, the workshop is expected to give way to a Common Plan of Action for Asia in support of the principles embedded in the Busan Partnership at regional level. To this end, the workshop would discuss the formalization of a consultative and inclusive regional peer support facility to strengthen mutual collaboration and knowledge transfer between the countries of the Asian region.

Economic Relations Division of the Bangladesh Government with assitance from the UNDP supported Aid Effectiveness Project organized the event.

Contact Information

For further information please contact: Mahtab Haider, Communications Analyst, UNDP via email: mahtab.haider@undp.org, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1805, mob: +88 01713 014 604 or Mehdi Musharraf Bhuiyan, Coordiantion and Communication Officer, Aid Effectiveness Project, UNDP via e-mail: Mehdi.bhuiyan@undp.org or mob- 01715111313