UNDP-Creative and open dialogue in Istanbul help the poorest around the world

idcAn international conference was held in İstanbul which provided an opportunity to bring a diverse group of partners around the table to discuss ongoing trends in development co-operation to achieve a bigger development impact.

The conference ‘International Development Cooperation: Trends and Emerging Opportunities-Perspectives of the New Actors’ was organized in İstanbul on 19-20 June and was co-hosted by the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The conference on International Development Cooperation offered an opportunity to talk about how to practically engage with a range of new and different actors working in the field of development cooperation.

Emrullah İşler, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, delivered the opening speeches at the conference. The two days conference brought together a number of ministers, heads of development cooperation agencies and senior government officials from emerging and other developing economies and traditional donor countries, with representatives from international organizations, NGO representatives and academics working in the field of development cooperation.

The conference reiterated that renewed and inclusive global partnerships as well as a new understanding of development cooperation are required to address the greatest development challenges, like poverty and hunger eradication, energy poverty, infrastructure deficits, climate change, and illicit financial flows.

During the conference it was pointed out that the scope and scale of South-South and triangular co-operation has increased dramatically in recent years and this has a great potential to positively impact sustainable development prospects in the future.

Within this context, discussions focused on how efforts can be scaled up and applied specifically to support countries in more challenging situations, namely: least developed countries (LDCs), small island developing states (SIDS), and countries emerging from conflict.

The conference was organized at a critical juncture between the Mexico High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation held in April 2014 and the upcoming UN Development Cooperation Forum in July 2014 in New York.