2016 Global Forum on Development

31 March 2016, OECD Conference Centreroom CC1


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 08:30 - 09:30 : Registration & coffee                                      


 09:30 – 10:30 : Opening—A new phase for global development: How global trends will affect progress with the SDGs                                      


Changing economic conditions in developed and emerging economies, the slowdown in the process of economic convergence, and several mega-factor and trends –demography, climate, migration and fragility – are ushering in a new phase of global development. Participants will identify the implications for sustaining the momentum in poverty reduction and sustainable development and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs, notably in developing countries, while setting the stage for subsequent discussions on policies, measurement and financing of the SDGs.  

Chair: Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre; Director a.i., Development Co-operation Directorate of the OECD

  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
  • Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopia
  • Claudia Juech, Associate Vice President, Strategic Insights, The Rockefeller Foundation


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 10:30 – 11:30 : Session 1 — No one left behind: Re-shaping the policies to meet the SDGs                                      


Both national strategies and policy contexts are key in “localising” the SDGs. Guided by the global level of ambition of the Goals, this session will discuss domestic approaches which best incorporate the multi-dimensionality of poverty and well-being of their citizens on the path to implementing the SDGs.

Chair: Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Director General Delegate, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)

  • Mariatou Kone, Minister of Solidarity, Social Cohesion and Compensation for the victims, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Nina Blackwell, Executive Director, Firelight Foundation
  • Abdelghni Lakhdar, Economic Counsellor to the Head of the Government, Morocco
  • Anna Karnikova, Head of the Sustainable Development Department at the Office of the Government, Czech Republic 
  • Pierre Victoria, Sustainable Development Director, Veolia

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 11:30 – 12:00 : Coffee Break                                      


 12:00 – 13:15 : Session 2—A new Rural Development Paradigm: place matters for the SDGs                                      


Developing countries face specific challenges in rural areas. Issues for discussion will include: why is a rural focus necessary in designing national approaches to the SDGs? What are the available instruments to deal with rural areas development? Why is rural development still critical and how can rural strategies be strengthened in international and national agendas to further support the SDGs? The first part of the session will see the launch of the OECD Development Centre’s report A New Rural Development Paradigm for Developing Countries in the 21st Century, while the second part will be a general discussion. 

Chair:  Adrienne Klasa, Editor, Financial Times' This Is Africa

Presenter: Carl Dahlman, Special Counsellor to the Director, OECD Development Centre

  • Shin Dong-Ik, Former Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
  • Mohamed Tolba, Chief Agricultural Economist, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Remy Sietchiping, Leader, Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit, Urban Planning and Design Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • Mariama Awumbila, Board Member, Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), Ghana

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 13:15 – 14:45 : Lunch break                                      


 14:45 – 16:00 : Session 3—Data for Development: How to track progress of the SDGs?                                      

Measuring progress is instrumental for tracking the implementation of the SDGs and the timely availability of high quality data is essential towards this effort. This session builds on the results of the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission which earlier this month endorsed a global monitoring indicator framework that creates a considerable burden to national statistical systems (NSS), particularly in developing countries. This session discusses how this challenge can best be addressed by strengthening the role of the NSS and national statistical plans, involving users and producers in the formulation of SDG data road maps, and sourcing in new innovations such as now-casting, remote sensing, crowd sourcing and third party data delivery models.

Chair: Martine Durand, Director, OECD Statistics Directorate

  • Pierre Ndiaye, Director General of Planning and Economic Policy, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, Senegal 
  • Mohamed Taamouti, Director of the Economic Department, Bank Al-Maghrib
  • Adrien Couton, Vice President, EMEA region and International Development, PREMISE
  • Johannes Jütting, Manager, PARIS21 

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 16:00-16:30 : Coffee break                                      


 16:30 – 18:00 : Session 4—Financing for Development: implementing the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action                                      

Particularly important are the interactions among different financing sources the challenges and trade-offs that developing countries face ensuring adequate and predictable financing for their development strategies. This session will focus on approaches to mobilising resources, taking into account the evolving framework to measure and incentivise official development assistance and the broader set of flows and actors that contribute to financing for development. 

Chair: Erik Solheim, Chair, Development Assistance Committee, OECD

  • Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopia
  • Marc Bichler, Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg
  • Michael Gerber, Ambassador, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland
  • Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

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 18:00 – 18:15 : Concluding remarks                                      


Concluding remarks will shine light on key OECD development initiatives supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. These will include on one hand, the Development Centre’s policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies, as well as the enhanced aid delivery through its Development Assistance Committee on the other hand. In particular, the Forum’s outcomes will strengthen the OECD package of tools and policy advice on global trends, measurement and financing, which supports the implementation of the SDGs. 

  • Douglas Frantz, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
  • Pierre Duquesne, Chair, Governing Board, OECD Development Centre; Ambassador of France to the OECD
  • Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre; Director a.i., Development Co-operation Directorate of the OECD