15/02/2005 - As the international community evaluates chances of attaining the Millennium Development Goals, one thing is clear – higher levels of aid must be accompanied by more efficient use of the funds available.
To find the best way to ensure effective aid, a high-level forum: Joint Progress Toward Enhanced Development Aid Effectiveness will be held at Bercy in Paris on 28 February–2 March. Hosted by the French government and sponsored by the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and regional development banks, the forum will bring together ministers and senior officials from the world’s major donors and from a large number of developing countries.
Journalists are invited to a pre-forum media briefing – followed by a lunch - at the Centre d’accueil de la presse étrangère (CAPE) at the Maison de la Radio at 11.30 a.m. on Monday 21 February.
During the briefing and lunch, Jean-Claude Faure, French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry; Richard Manning, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee; Chris Hall, the World Bank’s co-ordinator of the programme on harmonization ; and Philippe Benedic, Resident Director General of the Asian Development Bank's European Office, will explain the issues at stake , and outline details of the forum’s agenda , participants, and the aims it hopes to achieve.
More information about the High Level Forum: www.aidharmonisation.org. Journalists planning to attend the briefing and the lunch are asked to contact: Helen Fisher, OECD Media-Relations (tel. 01 45 24 80 97) or Rachel Winter-Jones, World Bank Communications (tel. 01 40 69 30 52) or Martine Montin, French government communications (tel. 01 53 18 89 70).