It's time to fulfil promise to the world's poorest – CPDE

On the 75th UN General Assembly, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness calls out the international community for the failure of wealthy countries to deliver aid to the world's poorest.
NEW YORK - Sept. 30, 2020 - PRLog -- "To realise UN's decade of delivery, wealthy countries need to meet the 50-year-old pledge to provide 0.7% of gross national income as official development assistance (ODA) to the world's poorest," states CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, a global civil society platform focused on effective development cooperation.

"As the international community gathers to congratulate itself on 75 years of the UN, we are calling them out on this monumental failure. How long must the world's poorest peoples wait for the promise of 0.7% GNI in development aid to be delivered?" CPDE Co-Chair Justin Kilcullen asks.

Latest ODA figures reveal how donors continue to fall short on the 0.7% commitment. Only five OECD DAC donor countries delivered: Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. The numbers are expected to shrink further, with Covid-19 battering economies around the world. Amid the pandemic, CPDE highlights the urgency of effective development cooperation to aid efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

"CPDE believes that achieving the future we want depends on concrete actions now. A key to making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is effective development cooperation. We reiterate the call for development efforts that advance the countries' interests, focus on results, uphold transparency and accountability, encourage inclusive partnerships, and put primacy on human rights and enabling environment for civil society," CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid added.

CPDE also calls on the UN to strengthen its support for civil society at all levels, from local to global. Despite pronouncements at the highest level of UN leadership on the important role civil society plays in development, its engagement remains marginal at the UN, which has a cascading effect at the national and local levels. Situated in the global trends of shrinking civic space, criminalisation of dissent, and persecution of human rights defenders, this is not approaching the enabling environment civil society needs, especially to maximise contribution to the 2030 Agenda. We must heed the words of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: "A human rights lens puts everyone in the picture and ensures nobody is left behind."

CPDE called on the UN to full support the Belgrade Call to Action, which articulates measures to promote civil society participation in development. The campaign was led by CPDE, CIVICUS, Balkan Civil Society Development Network, Action for Sustainable Development, and Civic Initiatives (Gradjanske Inicijative).

"Civil society and people's organisations under our platform are united and resolute in helping build the vision of a peaceful, more equal world. We hope for the same commitment from the UN," said CPDE Co-Chair Marita Gonzalez.#

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