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Financing for Development: from Monterrey to Doha

Added 16 Nov 2007

A new world conference on FfD is scheduled to take place towards the end of 2008 in Doha (Qatar), aiming at reviewing the implementation of Monterrey’s decisions and determining the new initiatives that would be necessary to meet the increasingly compromised MDGs. The political challenge faced by governments lies in achieving specific agreements at the Doha Conference well beyond the minimum Monterrey Consensus.

 

Between now and the end of the year the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will decide a number of process related issues which strongly impact on the potential outcome of the conference in Doha and the ways in which civil society can participate. Once the resolution on process related matters is adopted by mid-December, Member States will start discussions to set the agenda and debate substantive issues.

 

A number of civil society organisations are advocating for a number of “process-related” demands with regards to the preparatory process for the Doha Conference. These demands include:

 

  • the conference should be held at Summit level with participation of Heads of State or government;
  • all stakeholders, including civil society, must be involved in the preparatory process;
  • preparatory meetings (PrepComs) should take place before the conference; and
  • The outcome of the conference should be an agreed Outcome Document that builds upon the Monterrey Consensus, assesses progress, and promotes additional measures for implementation.

 

What can be done in the next two weeks to ensure a meaningful process?

 

In particular, during the next few days and if possible before Wednesday 21st of November, civil society groups should contact their governments, UN missions, UN Ambassadors and Presidents of UN groupings where their governments are affiliated to insist that the resolution approved in December should include the provision that Preparatory Committees should take place in the run-up to the Doha conference.

 

During 2008 civil society groups will combine to analyse progress and gaps in the Monterrey agenda, and to conduct joint advocacy and public messaging on development finance challenges. Eurodad will play a strong role in this at the European level ahead of a joint European position for the summit that is due to be announced in May or June 2008. Eurodad has also started discussions with colleagues in North America, Africa and Latin America about how we can combine forces and complement each other. While some work can be done at regional and global levels, it will be important for as many groups as possible to be active in relation to their national decision-makers. They are the ones who have to take positions and make decisions.

 

 

 

Contact: Núria Molina nmolina[at]eurodad.org