UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and global leaders convene on partnerships needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

Nov 28, 2016

Nairobi, 28 November 2016 —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group Helen Clark will visit Nairobi, Kenya to participate in the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to take place 28 November–1 December 2016.

Hosted by the Government of Kenya, the meeting will bring together ministers and other high-level government officials from several countries, and representatives of international organisations, civil society and private sector, to help shape partnerships for more effective development co-operation as countries work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation aims to advance four main principles: that development co-operation efforts are aligned with the priorities of developing countries, are focused on the achievement of transformative results, include all relevant stakeholders, and enshrine transparency and accountability.

More than 4,000 participants are expected at the Nairobi meeting to review the current status of development effectiveness principles and commitments, share experiences and identify innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up.

The Global Partnership is co-chaired by Goodall Edward Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Malawi; Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation, The Netherlands. UNDP and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) make up the Global Partnership’s joint support team.

UNDP, jointly with OECD, will host a workshop on Monitoring of Effective Development Co-operation on 29 November to assess development co-operation progress based on data assessing 81 countries/territories from the Global Partnership’s Second Monitoring Round.

Helen Clark is scheduled to make remarks during the official opening of the high-level session on 30 November, and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support Magdy Martinez-Soliman will speak during HLM2’s first Plenary Session, “Taking Stock: Progress and Challenges for Effective Development.”

The UN Development Group, with Helen Clark, is hosting a side event titled, “Leveraging Finance for Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda.” UNDP is also hosting a Development Finance Assessment Symposium on the margins of the meeting that will focus on country-level experiences of linking financing with results.


About Global Partnership - The Global Partnership was created in 2011 at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea, and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector and seeks to ensure that development cooperation – including Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other forms of development finance –are based on the principles of country ownership, achieving results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. These principles are firmly anchored in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda agreed at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015. 

For further information, please contact:

Amber Kiwan, UNDP, amber.kiwan@undp.org, +254 780230539

Mwendwa Kiogora, UNDP, mwendwa.kiogora@undp.org

Sandra Macharia, UNDP, sandra.macharia@undp.org

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