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Statement To The United Nations Development Cooperation Forum UN-DCF

BetterAid recognises the potential and positive role that the UN-DCF could play as part of reenvisioning the current nature and governance of development cooperation. The UN-DCF remains an inclusive and universal forum, bringing together the full membership of the United Nations (UN) with a diverse range of stakeholders.

The UN-Development Cooperation Forum (UN-DCF) will meet on 29-30 June in New York to discuss a set of five issues related to development and the current nature of partnerships: policy coherence; accountable and transparent development cooperation; South-South cooperation (SSC); competition for limited resources; and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

BetterAid recognises the potential and positive role that the UN-DCF could play as part of reenvisioning the current nature and governance of development cooperation. The-UNDCF remains an inclusive and universal forum, bringing together the full membership of the United Nations (UN) with a diverse range of stakeholders. It is also the principal and legitimate forum for discussions and standard-setting on international development cooperation with the appropriate mandate and representation needed. The following statement outlines this vision, and lays out how member states convening at the UN-DCF can take action on the following points:

  1. Promote and implement greater policy coherence in development cooperation
  2. Lead wide-reaching reforms of international financial and development cooperation systems
  3. Allocate resources among competing needs in a context of multiple crises
  4. Address effectively the various forms of cooperation including South-South and triangularcooperation
  5. Enact accountable and transparent development cooperation
  6. Respect true mutual accountability
  7. Ensure systematic and substantive civil society participation in the UN-DCF process

The meeting of the UN-DCF occurs against the backdrop of the world economy in fragile and uneven recovery. Massive financial rescue packages may have succeeded in propping up a market driven economy, but now austerity policies, long championed by International Financial
Institutions (IFIs), are re-emerging as solutions to the crisis. Such a stance risks the further weakening of national economies and may cause them to fall back into recession. Economic contraction and the re-channelling of government funds to national stimulus spending have translated into a decline in international development assistance from key donors.1 At the same time, donor support to vital issues such as the food and environmental crises has not been additional and involve the re-programming of commitments already pledged.

Today’s world can be broadly characterised as one of stalled economic recoveries and uneven unsustainable development. The report of the UN Secretary General (SG) ahead of the UN-DCFconcedes as much, but does not present an effective way forward. Moreover, the SG report fails to recognize fully that the financial crisis and economic recession have strongly gendered dimensions and are intertwined with crises plaguing food, energy, water, the environment, work and care. These problems are systemic in nature and overlapping and require solutions that treat them as such.2 For example, while gender equality is addressed (insufficiently) in the SG report, it does not recognize it as a central development goal and relevant to all the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADG), including the MDGs.

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