REGIONAL AGREEMENTS, ORGANIZATIONS VITAL FOR DEVELOPMENT

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Joint Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and New Partnership for Africa’s Development Statement Busan, South Korea

December 1, 2011

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as a program of the African Union, have called for stronger recognition of the vital role of regional platforms and organizations in enhancing links between country priorities and global efforts for effective development cooperation.

In a joint statement issued by both regional organizations at the end of a jointly organized Side Event at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), in Busan, Republic of Korea, PIFS and NEPAD said they "acknowledge the opportunity to forge a new way forward and the need to bring leadership and ownership of the global partnership closer to developing countries."

"To this end, we recognize regional platforms backed by political leadership as agents of consensus building between sovereign states for effective development cooperation, commensurate to national and regional conditions," the joint PIFS NEPAD statement stated.

In a letter conveying the joint statement to coordinators of the HLF4, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade and the Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki said:

"We are inspired by our experiences in developing country-driven and context-sensitive regional platforms for regular dialogue, peer to peer learning and a common voice to development perspectives through the African Platform for Development Effectiveness and the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific (Forum Compact). Both institutions are committed to strengthen these initiatives in future."

The joint coordination of the Side Event at the HLF4 between PIFS and NEPAD has been seen as an excellent example of south-south cooperation in the call for a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the theme of the Busan high level forum.

During the Side Event, representatives from the Pacific and Africa shared their national, regional and global experiences in coordinating development assistance. Cabinet Ministers from the Pacific included the Cook Islands, Samoa and Solomon Islands, while the African region was represented by Cabinet Ministers from Togo, Uganda and the Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). All of whom spoke of their country experiences in aid coordination and accountability, and the implementation of the Forum Compact in the Pacific and the African Platform for Development Effectiveness.

A full text of the Joint Statement of PIFS and NEPAD follows.

A Joint Statement of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the New Partnerships for African Development (NEPAD) of the African Union

The call for a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to steer a new direction post-Busan, affirms the progress made since Paris and Accra and lessons learned as the basis to recognize and encompass the diverse expectations and contributions of all development cooperation actors, while maintaining the central focus on supporting developing countries’ capacity to accelerate inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

2. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) as the secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and NEPAD as a program of the African Union, acknowledging the opportunity to forge a new way forward and the need to bring leadership and ownership of the global partnership closer to developing countries, call for stronger recognition of the central role of regional platforms and organizations in forging enhanced links between country priorities and global efforts within the architecture of the new global partnership for effective development cooperation.

3. To this end, we recognize regional platforms backed by political leadership as agents of consensus building between sovereign states for effective development cooperation, commensurate to national and regional conditions. In doing so, we reinforce the centrality of country owned and led priorities and interests as the cornerstone for the implementation of tailored and effective development cooperation action. We acknowledge the immense value of sharing resources, institutions and knowledge in strengthening intra and inter regional cooperation amenable to common needs and priorities of each group of countries. In doing so, we promote regional platforms as a key driver for effective South-South and Triangular Cooperation, in pooling capacities for nationally driven and owned development.

4. The gains made through the African Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) and the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific (Forum Compact), underscore the importance of regular dialogue, coordination, peer to peer learning and a common voice to development perspectives, strategies, policies and results, focusing on capacity development, development cooperation and South-South Cooperation, towards accelerated achievement of the MDGs.

5. We further recognize regional organizations as an extension of governments’ technical and resource capacities and will be guided by country level priorities or those directed by the political mandates of our Leaders;

6. Against this backdrop, we:

Undertake to make representation on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation on emerging issues drawn from regional evidence based approaches.

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