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Press Releases, 4/14/2014 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Minister Haavisto to the High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico

Press release 92/2014

Mexico will host the High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation on 15–16 April, with over 1,300 experts and decision-makers on development policy and co-operation expected to attend. The Finnish delegation will be chaired by Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto.

In Busan in 2011, an agreement was reached on the ways to boost the results and sustainable impact of development cooperation. These principles include respect for the development countries' own needs, involvement of the private sector and citizens, openness, and accountability concerning all parties involved. To date, as many as 161 governments and 54 organisations have announced their commitment to this Global Partnership for Development, agreed in Busan, in which the private sector and civil society actors play an active role.

The meeting in Mexico will take stock of how well various actors have observed the principles agreed upon in Busan. Other topics on the meeting agenda include the role of the private sector in development cooperation, ‘South-South cooperation’, support for fragile states, and the flight of capital from developing countries.

Minister for International Development Haavisto will have two roles in Mexico. In addition to chairing the Finnish delegation, Haavisto will also represent the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding IDPS, which he co-chairs with Timor-Leste's Minister of Finance Emilia Pires.

In connection with the meeting, Minister Haavisto will meet leaders of international organisations, important partner countries, and fragile states.

It is hoped that the Mexico meeting would promote commitment of both private sector actors and new donors – such as China, Brazil, Indonesia or Arab countries – to the Busan principles. The challenge of the meeting is to show the importance of partnership for development and to tie its topics to other ongoing international processes, such as the preparation and financing of the new post-2015 global development goals.

Additional information: Timo Olkkonen, Head of the General Development Policy and Planning Unit, tel. +358 295 350 945
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