June 2012 marks the beginning of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), the structure that will replace the Working-Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-Eff), which has been leading the discussion on aid and development effectiveness and facilitated global official processes culminating in major agreements stipulated in The Paris Declaration (2005), Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) and the Busan Partnership for Development Co-operation (2011).
As agreed in the Fourth High Level Forum (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea, the WP-Eff will have its final meeting from 28-29 June 2012 in Paris to review progress and advance commitments of the Busan Partnership Agreement. More importantly, the group will meet to finalize governance structure and monitoring framework of the new Global Partnership based on the proposals submitted by the Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG). Civil Society will be represented in the WP-Eff meetings through Antonio Tujan and Mayra Moro-Coco.
What the Busan Outcome Document says about the June 2012 WP-Eff meeting
(Paragraphs 35 and 36 mention the setting-up of the Global Partnership by June 2012. Below is an excerpt from Paragraph 36 )
Establish a new, inclusive and representative Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation to support and ensure accountability for the implementation of commitments at the political level. This Partnership will offer an open platform that embraces diversity, providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge and the regular review of progress.
Agree, by June 2012, on light working arrangements for this Global Partnership, including its membership and opportunities for regular ministerial level engagement that complements, and is undertaken in conjunction with, other fora.
Call on the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) to convene representatives of all countries and stakeholders endorsing this document with a view to reaching agreement on the working arrangements for the Global Partnership and the indicators and channels through which global monitoring and accountability will be supported in preparation for the phasing out of the WP-EFF and its associated structures in June 2012.