Deputy President William Ruto shakes hands with Danish Ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Adersen, during the Sixth Development Partnership

Deputy President William Ruto consults with Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Henry Rotich during the Sixth Development Partnership Forum at a Nairobi hotel

Deputy President William addresses participants at the Sixth Development Partnership Forum at a Nairobi hotel

Kenya Deputy President Ruto addresses participants at the Sixth Development Partnership Forum Nairobi

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The Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of November 2016

The Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of November 2016 (actual dates to be confirmed).

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) is an ambitious, transformative development agenda, ensuring better prospects for people and the planet. Implementing such an ambitious agenda will require mobilisation and effective utilisation of a wide range of development resources beyond international public finance. Making development co-operation and partnerships more effective will be crucial in this context to achieving sustainable development results.


The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) in laying out the steps the international community committed to finance this new, global sustainable agenda, acknowledged the importance of effective development co-operation.

The GPEDC has an important role to play in supporting implementation of the SDGs given its inclusive, multi-stakeholder characteristics, its focus on behaviour changes guided by the principles of effective development co-operation, and its country-focused approach for promoting inclusive dialogue, actions and accountability for change.

HLM2 presents an opportunity to demonstrate the GPEDC’s relevance as an indispensable platform to support effective implementation of the SDGs, based on its impacts at the global, regional and country levels.  It will do this through taking stock of implementation of development effectiveness principles and discussing how to accelerate progress in the context of the SDGs, providing a mutual learning platform on development effectiveness, and identifying and scaling up initiatives and innovative approaches to development.

HLM2 will comprise two days of preparatory sessions and two days of the High Level segment.  The preparatory sessions will include a stock-taking on the 2nd GPEDC monitoring round and opportunities for a range of stakeholders to meet in advance of the High Level segment. The findings and recommendations of the preparatory sessions will feed in to the Plenary sessions during the High Level segment.

The High Level segment will include: six plenary sessions; up to twelve amphitheatre sessions at which specific sticky issues and challenges will be debated; and a broad range of side events showcasing successful development co-operation initiatives. The amphitheatre sessions and side events could be scheduled in such a way as to allow their findings and recommendations to feed into Plenary sessions where appropriate.

Plenary Session One deals with the unfinished business of effective development co-operation.  Session Two will look at the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in implementing the SDGs and the AAAA.  Session Three is focused on learning from the experience of South-South Co-operation. Session Four will highlight how application of development effectiveness principles can contribute positively to the economic empowerment of women and youth.  Session Five will look at the important contribution effective development co-operation can make in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable countries and populations.  Finally, Session Six will emphasise the importance of inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnerships underpinned by development effectiveness principles. It will showcase those which are making a real difference on the ground and innovative approaches being taken to some of the most difficult challenges facing development financing and development co-operation.  

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