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Read below the full speech of Emele Duituturaga, Co-Chair of the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, given in the closing ceremony of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness:

President Lee

Your Excellencies

Heads of Government

OECD

Distinguished delegates

Fellow Civil Society development actors

1 December, Busan, Republic of Korea: “By participating in high level negotiations on aid and development for the first time, people’s organizations can take credit for cementing democratic ownership and human rights in the Busan Outcome Document – but more works needs to be done on advancing favorable conditions for civil society,” said Open Forum co-chair Emele Duituturaga in response to the newly agreed Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Brussels, 1 December (ITUC OnLine): Decent Work has been included in the international development effectiveness agenda for the first time, following strong representations from the international trade union movement at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea this week. Concerns remain, however, about the risks arising from the way the conclusions of the Forum deal with the role of the private sector in development cooperation.

Women’s organisations from around the world have chosen not to endorse the current Busan Joint Action Plan on Gender Equality and Development that US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton will launch today. The group are releasing a position statement on the plan which expresses concern about the overwhelming focus on promoting women as vehicles of economic growth, rather than rights holders in the plan.

Civil society voices for Better Aid

Room 203

BEXCO centre
Busan, South Korea
3.30pm- 4.15pm
Why is Civil Society involvement in development cooperation important?
How has civil society been involved in the process so far at the global and local level?
What is civil society asking for from HLF4?

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