Speaking points by Ambassador Berger at the ECOSOC BWI Spring Meeting on MDGs

Mar 11, 2011

(as delivered)

"Follow-up to the 2010 MDG Summitoutcome:
Building the global partnership for development, including in response to new challenges and emerging issues


ECOSOC BWI Spring Meeting,
10. - 11.03.2011,
New York



I.(MDGs/Financing for Development)



-         Financing for development still remains a crucial challenge for achieving the MDGs until 2015. It implies that donor countries need to honour their international commitments, including goals such as the spending of 0.7 % of our gross national income for official development assistance until 2015. Germany remains committed to reach this goal and to live up to its international commitments.


-         For achieving the MDGs in time, quantity and quality of aid for sustainable development however remain equally important. This includes also the commitment of our partner countries efforts to strengthen their own capacity for financing their own development. The strengthening of effective tax systems is only one important aspect in this regard. We will continue to offer our support by appropriate capacity building measures.


-         Furthermore, we want to focus more strongly on the results of the money that is spent. In this respect, we welcome the World Bank’s efforts to design and launch the New Program for Results lending instrument (P4R). At the same time, Germanyis piloting results-based financing approaches including aid on delivery (AoD) as an innovative concept. AoD links funding to achieved MDG related results. It offers flexibility to partners while donors take a hands-off approach.


II. (Special focus: State Fragility)


-         Effective financing for development meets special challenges of low-income fragile and conflict-affected countries. In such contexts, it is a big challenge to guarantee preconditions for effective use of resources and progress in terms of development.


-         The World Development Report 2011 on “Conflict, Security and Development” offers valuable recommendations that can help to prioritize and to improve the international community’s response to the challenge of fragility and conflict.


-         The Report also shows how diverse the challenges in these countries are and that we cannot continue applying one-size-fits-all approaches to these states. Instead, we need a more differentiated understanding.


-         We are encouraged by the fact that the WDR drafting team undertook a broad consultation process in drafting the report, so that its conclusions include input by UN representatives.


-         This spirit and continued motivation for close collaboration of key players in the multilateral system is vital to achieving the peacebuilding and statebuilding objectives that are crucial for further progress on the MDGs in settings of conflict and fragility. Both the UN and World Bank are therefore encouraged to continue improving coordination of their policies.


-         This includes the Peacebuilding Commission’s country formats that can make use of the Bank’s development expertise and country knowledge. And vice versa, the PBC could provide more input to the Bank’s documents, such as the Country Assistance Strategies.


-         The recently released UN report of the independent advisory board on civilian capacity has also made some interesting proposals and we would be interested to hear from the panelists, if they have any preliminary views on the report.

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