General Assembly: Statement by Minister Plenipotentiary Silberberg on the 2nd International Development Cooperation Report

Sep 20, 2012

(General Assembly: Statement as delivered by Minister Plenipotentiary Silberberg at the Preparatory Workshop for the 2nd International Development Cooperation Report)

Assistant Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the German Government to this important workshop on the 2nd International Development Report.

I would like to convey greetings from Ursula Müller, Director - General of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and member of the Advisory Group of the Development Cooperation Forum. She was supposed to address you today, but is unfortunately not able to attend this meeting.

From the outset, I would like to thank the Secretariat of the Develoment Cooperation Forum and UN-DESA, particularly Navid Hanif, for the initiative to bring this distinguished group of researchers from North and South together. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Marie-Therese Trasino on her appointment as the the new head of the DCF Secretariat.

It is also a pleasure to see so many participants of the Managing Global Governance Network with us today. The Managing Global Governance Network is funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by GIZ and the German Development Institute. It aims at bringing together young outstanding government officials and researchers as well as policy-oriented research institutions and offers research-based and practice-oriented training in combination with dialogue, practical experience and networking.

Ladies and gentlemen,

My Government attaches great importance to the thematic work undertaken by the Develoment Cooperation Forum in the last years. This is an essential opportunity for exchanging views and knowledge on the development agenda within the UN and beyond. We believe that this will be even more important in light of the evolving post-2015 development agenda and the implementation of the Rio plus 20 Conference outcome and with a view to the Global Partnership for effective development cooperation.

Thematically, we are especially interested in seeing the DCF continue its work in the areas of South-South-Cooperation and Mutual Accountability. Germany will support this important work financially over the next two years and - looking ahead to the DCF in 2014 - Germany has just decided to host a high-level preparatory symposium.

At the same time we would like to see the DCF to broaden its thinking around these topics in line with the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

As we have seen in July this year, the DCF has a great advantage in being an informal platform for dialogue and for innovative thinking and in bringing together development practitioners. We should try to keep this informal character because it leads to lively discussions and active participation across all stakeholder groups.

Germany appreciates the proposed focus of the second International Development Cooperation Report  on impact, results and quality, as well as on South-South and triangular cooperation and Rio + 20. Ultimately, results on the ground such as improvements in the wellbeing of women, men and children, human security, but also strengthened institutions and market opportunities for all – have been at the core of the vision and mission of development co-operation. As such, we very much support the renewed international drive towards achieving and transparently reporting development results. What we are looking for is sustainable results, not only simple outputs.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me briefly touch upon the outcome of the Rio plus 20 Conference. Germany believes, that we have to link today’s challenges on the global and on the country level. If we want to master them, we need a way of thinking and acting that gives equal attention to the ecological, social and economic dimensions of economic activity and our lifestyles.

The agreement to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) bears the great potential of contributing to a holistic and universal agenda for the global future past 2015. We should focus on a single, coherent set of post-2015 goals which gives appropriate attention to the three dimensions of sustainability as we do not want parallel processes that compete for attention or resources. The choice of the topics and the methodology of the goals and respective targets, addressing all dimensions of sustainability will be crucial.

We think it is time for implementation: crucial decisions have been taken in Rio but the success of the conference will prove by its results in implementation. This needs political will and the involvement of all actors.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Busan Outcome Document provides the foundations for a new, comprehensive partnership for development, a partnership that includes important players from governments, private sector and civil society and that manages to include South-South and Triangular cooperation.

We see South-South and triangular cooperation as an increasingly important pillar of international cooperation for sustainable development. The growth dynamics of many economies of the South place them in a position of shared global responsibility for poverty reduction, social integration, environmental stability, and securing regional and international peace.

For us triangular cooperation is an important link between South-South and North-South cooperation, and an element in the future international development architecture that we support actively through technical and financial cooperation. We are ready and keen to expand our triangular cooperation portfolio, if there is demand for it.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me once again thank the organizers from UN-DESA, GIZ and the German Development Institute for all they have done to make this workshop possible. Without their initiative and commitment this innovative way of providing input to the DCF report would not happen. I wish you two days of intensive, fruitful and thought-provoking discussions.

Thank you very much.

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