A year after the High Level Forum IV on Aid Effectiveness was held in Busan, the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) will meet to determine priorities of the Global Partnership under the new framework of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (BPd). This meeting, set for London on 5-6 December 2012 will be the first since the GPEDC took over from the work of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-Eff) last June 2012. BetterAid Co-Chairs Antonio Tujan, Jr. and Mayra Moro-Coco will participate in the said meeting.
The discussions in the London meeting will consider the changing context and nature of development cooperation, the potential contribution of the Post-Busan agenda to other international processes, and the role of the Global Partnership in ensuring that existing commitments are implemented. As part of carving the way forward for the Global Partnership, updates from Building Blocks and relevant initiatives of various organizations and constituencies in implementing the Busan commitments will be presented, highlighting the challenges and opportunities at the country level. Discussion on the global monitoring framework will be given space in the meeting, but limited to updates in the process of refining the indicators/targets and suggestions on ways forward.
The first meeting of the Steering Committee also aims to identify indicatives for the First Ministerial Meeting of the Global Partnership to be held in 2013 and expand initial discussions on communications and stakeholder engagement strategy for the Global Partnership.
The GPEDC was formed as a successor of WP-Eff and is mandated to lead the implementation of the Busan Commitments. Armida Alisjhabana (Indonesia), Justine Greening (UK), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria) have been confirmed as the Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership last September 2012. Click to see the complete list of Steering Committee members ( English French Spanish )
Since June 2012, civil society and the trade union have been expressing their demand for additional representation in the Steering Committee. Currently, civil society only holds one seat in this Committee. The GPEDC Steering Committee has yet to respond to these requests.