Information
  • Lead-organizer: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

The Future We Want-The role of dev.cooperation in getting us there

Organizing partners

Lead organizer
United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Marion Barthelemy
Chief
Development Cooperation Policy Branch
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations
Phone +1 212 963 4005
Fax +1 212 963 2812
E- mail bathelemy1@un.org

Co-organizer (1)
Australia
Dr. Annemarie Watt
Director
Integration and Environment Section
United Nations, Climate Change and Environment Branch
Australian Agency for International Development
Phone + 61 2 62 064947
Fax + 61 (0) 478 318 252
Email annemarie.watt@ausaid.gov.au

Co-organizer (2)
Slovakia / ECOSOC President
H.E. Mr. Milos Koterec
Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN in New York
Email Denisa.Frelichova@mzv.sk or michal.tonhauser@mzv.sk

Introduction

Under the theme ?The Future We Want: The role of development cooperation in getting us there? the side event will look the implications of the agreements reached at Rio+20 means for the future of development cooperation. It will focus at the country level, where implementation ultimately will need to take place. It will discuss where development cooperation for sustainable development can benefit from lessons learned in the work on aid effectiveness. More specifically, it will examine how aid should be delivered to best contribute to the goal of sustainable development and identify and best practices. It will also review how to use and further develop existing country-level planning and coordination tools to operationalize and mainstream the outcomes of the Rio+20 summit into national development strategies and policies. Following the multistakeholder tradition of both the Development Cooperation Forum and the Commission for Sustainable Development it will include speakers from Member States and one of the major groups. Presentations by the panellists will be followed by an interactive discussion.

Detailed programme

Format of the proposed event ? In line with the multistakeholder tradition of both the Development Cooperation Forum and the Commission for Sustainable Development, the side event will include speakers from Member States and from the ?Major Groups?. Opening remarks and presentations by panellists will be followed by a moderated interactive discussion.

Potential speakers/presenters
The meeting will be opened by H.E. Ms. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Ausralia, Mr. Sha Zukang, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of Rio+20, and H.E. Mr.Milo? Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council. There introductory remarks will be followed by three 5-minute presentations by high-level panellists (a developing country, a donor country, and a major group representative), which in turn will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Thematic Focus of the event ? Under the theme ?The Future We Want: The role of development cooperation in getting us there? the side event will look the implications of the agreements reached at Rio+20 for the future of development cooperation. It will focus at the country level, where implementation ultimately will need to take place. It will discuss where development cooperation for sustainable development can benefit from lessons learned in the work on aid effectiveness. More specifically, it will examine how aid should be delivered to best contribute to the goal of sustainable development and identify and best practices. It will also review how to use and further develop existing country-level planning and coordination tools to operationalize and mainstream the outcomes of the Rio+20 summit into national development strategies and policies.

Potential contribution to the outcome of Rio+20 and its follow-up ? The side event will serve as an important opportunity to present the key policy messages of the Development Cooperation Forum High Level Symposium in Australia held in preparation of Rio+20 and the 2012 DCF. Under the overall theme of ?Shaping a Sustainable Future ? Partners in development cooperation? the Symposium will look at how to ensure that development cooperation contributes to putting us on a more sustainable development pathway.

Linkage to the theme ? Rio+20 is going to address ?the Green Economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication? as one of its themes. The Green Economy is being presented as a pathway to sustainable development. Apart from the continued reservations of some to this notion, such a transformational transition would require a major rethink of the way development cooperation is pursued. These have not yet been fully grasped - let alone translated into systematic policies, actions and institutional structures. The main objective of the side event is to kick start this rethinking process which will be necessary to operationalize the agreements reached at Rio+20 at the country level. The event will look at the implications in an integrated manner focussing on all three dimensions of sustainable development.
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