Government of Peru Plays Host to Global Event on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability
Consultation co-convened by Canada, Peru and the Republic of Korea highlights how people’s participation is central to the achievement of future SDGs
LIMA, 12 March, 2015 - Hundreds of representatives from nine official country delegations and others are meeting in the Peruvian capital of Lima from 12 to 13 March to discuss Participatory Monitoring and Accountability (PM&A) as one of the key means of implementation for the new Post-2015 Development Agenda. The meeting comes at the end of a year-long global consultation process that has uncovered and showcased examples of good practices from around the world. The consultation was co-facilitated by UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP.
The two-day meeting began with introductory remarks by Paola Bustamante, Peru’s Minister of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS); Shin Dong-Ik, Republic of Korea’s Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs; Marc-Yves Bertin, Canada’s Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF’s Director and Senior Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and Gonzalo Gutiérrez, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Representatives from governments, academia, the private sector and civil society of Albania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Montenegro, Thailand, Vietnam and Zambia were also present.
“Participatory monitoring reinforces the link between citizens and governments, making them the primary part of the decision-making process,” emphasized Minister Bustamante in her opening remarks. She added that “this participatory exercise seeks for each country to have mechanisms and tools for permanent follow-up on the goals.”
UNICEF’s Nicholas Alipui, speaking on behalf of the UN co-facilitators, stressed the vital importance of participatory monitoring and accountability noting, “the UN system has been debating the shape and the scope of the SDGs [and] we have seen governments come together to seek the voices of different stakeholders in what this new development agenda should look like. In capturing these ideas, sentiments and voices, the UN system has accomplished something unprecedented in international development: we have created an agenda that is ambitious and transformational in its aspirations for a better world and we have delivered a message to the people of the world that they have both a right and a duty to participate in fulfilling these aspirations.”
He continued, “through the consultations that have taken place…a door to a new era of development partnership has been opened. We have realized that working on poverty alleviation can only happen when people living in poverty are involved in the conversation; that community health facilities will only work when you take into account the views of those who staff and use those facilities; that smarter choices in urban planning include hearing directly about the needs and ideas from people who live in slums and informal settlements.”
One message that emerged repeatedly during the consultation process and was further reinforced by panelists at the meeting, was that participatory monitoring should include all people; for example people living in poverty, women, children and young people, and those who are often excluded. To ensure that development is genuinely owned by all rights-holders, this must begin at an early age with the inclusion of children and youth as active participants in the process.
Over the course of the two-day meeting, attendees will share experiences and ideas to further enable their countries to institutionalize people’s participation at local and national levels and thus contribute to the global Sustainable Development Goals. It is also an important opportunity to strengthen the commitment of governments and civil society to scale-up participatory and inclusive approaches for increased accountability and better outcomes for people in their everyday lives.
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