Excellencies, Co-chairs, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my honour to address this 7th Busan Global Partnership Forum hosted by the Republic of Korea.
I am pleased to acknowledge that this forum marks its 7th edition. As you are aware the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation was established ten years ago and I have the honor and privilege of serving as one of the first co-chairs.
Since then, the global development landscape has changed considerably. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to combat climate change were adopted in 2015, reflecting vast global development challenges such as rising inequality, persistent poverty, inadequate delivery of public services, climate change and environmental degradation, building strong institutions and good governance, among others.
In addition to the challenges related to the effects of climate change, the pandemic is just a reminder of the elevated non-economic risks that we increasingly have to face.
The pandemic has also accelerated and harnessed the power of digitalization while recognizing the need for mitigating the negative aspects of the increased digital divide in terms of accessibility, affordability and skills gaps.
Limited access to finance is also undermining countries’ capacities to respond to shocks and invest in recovery, further hampering efforts to achieve sustainable development.
The geopolitical tensions and conflicts have caused spillover effects and major impacts on the most vulnerable segments of our society, including women, children and persons with disabilities.
These climate change-related, economic and non-economic shocks and conflicts have significantly slowed progress towards the SDGs. And it is the most vulnerable countries and communities who suffer most.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
How can countries mitigate these challenges and adapt their approach to development in a world where interconnected challenges are impacting us all? And how can the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation continue its advocacy for a more just and mutually empowered international development landscape?
Challenges need solutions and collaboration, not only within countries through a whole-of-society, whole-of-government approach but also across countries through south-south and triangular cooperation.
We need to bring countries and stakeholders together to share experiences, showcase good practices and scale up efforts towards sustainable development so that we do not repeat past mistakes but build trust and confidence among ourselves.
Building on this trust, we can then strive to bridge the remaining gaps, step-by-step, until we have successfully tackled the entire range of challenges that we face.
Hence, the reality is that for us to achieve the 2030 Agenda, we must invest in partnerships that are inclusive, transparent, result-focused and based on country ownership. National policies must also be coupled with international cooperation in order to reach long-lasting solutions.
At the same time, many opportunities are coming out from developing and emerging countries, such as leveraging digital technology-induced innovations and raising awareness to foster green-blue economy.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Building on the outcomes of the Effective Development Cooperation Summit held in Geneva one year ago, this Forum should challenge us all to redouble our efforts for principle-led and evidence-based development cooperation because effective cooperation leads to sustainable development and real results for those left furthest behind.
The work of the Forum, convening partners around the four effectiveness principles – country ownership, a focus on results, inclusiveness and mutual accountability – to catalyze progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, is at the heart of ESCAP’s own work as the most inclusive inter-governmental platform in the region.
At the seventy-eight session of the Commission in 2022, a resolution reaffirmed the commitments set forth in the 2030 Agenda and the partnerships needed to strengthen multilateralism and international cooperation.
I can assure you that we are fully committed to our common agenda of sustainable development.
I once again extend my thanks to the Republic of Korea and the Co-chairs of the Global Partnership – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Sweden and the Reality of Aid Africa group – for convening this Forum and the important work that will be done.
I wish you all fruitful deliberations, and I look forward to working with you all towards the Forum’s outcomes.