I would like to inform the House of the outcomes from the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which I attended in Busan, Republic of Korea on 29 November - 1 December 2011.
I am pleased to report that Britain’s three priority areas for Busan - results, transparency and fragile states - formed the core of the Busan Outcome Document, and that our goal of getting an agreement that the emerging economies could support was also met.
A major achievement of the Forum was the establishment of a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which for the first time includes emerging economies like China and Brazil as participants in a development partnership based on recognised common goals and shared principles. This followed significant work by the UK to ensure China joined the partnership, including discussions I held with Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming in Beijing immediately ahead of Busan. The Global Partnership also includes civil society, parliaments and the private sector, recognising the important role played by each in achieving development results.
The Busan Outcome Document: ‘Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation’ places the UK’s focus on results, transparency and fragility at the heart of the international development agenda. It includes agreement to a new shared principle to ‘Focus on Results’, aimed at ensuring our development efforts have a lasting impact on eradicating poverty, and reflecting UK-led work over the past 18 months to build international support for this agenda. There was also agreement to a new shared principle on transparency, and further success in this important area with the US, Canada and CDC all signing up to the UK-led International Aid Transparency Initiative. This will significantly boost further the information available to citizens about aid, helping enable them to hold their governments to account.
Another achievement in Busan was the launch of the ‘New Deal’ for ways of working in fragile and conflict-affected countries, which are often furthest from reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UK has played a key role in developing this ‘New Deal’, which includes five new Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals aimed at making progress in areas where it is most urgently needed, including justice, security and jobs. I was pleased to announce in Busan that the UK will be partnering South Sudan and Afghanistan to implement the New Deal.
I am determined to ensure that the agreements reached there are followed-up and that the new Global Partnership achieves the goals set out. As part of this we will be working with others to maintain the clear focus on results needed to improve the lives of millions of poor people around the world, and to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer.