Development Co-operation Report 2012

Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development

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The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid. This year, the Development Co-operation Report 2012 seeks to provide insights into how to address today’s sustainable development challenges, with a focus on inclusiveness and good governance to ensure that our finite resources are equitably distributed, now and in the future.

Sharing finite resources among a growing number people – and consumers – is a critical challenge. It is in this spirit that J. Brian Atwood, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), invited several intellectual leaders on the challenges of inclusive, sustainable development to contribute to this year’s report.

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Challenging development co-operation post-Rio +20

This final chapter examines the implications of the Rio +20 Conference for development co-operation. The outcome document of Rio +20 – The Future We Want – outlines a plan to set global sustainable development goals (SDGs) and other measures to strengthen the management of environmental and natural resources, combat poverty, and promote a green economy paradigm for all. The statement reiterates the importance of natural capital and its value in achieving sustainable development. It advocates a more encompassing approach to promote development, while recognising poverty reduction as a continuing major challenge. Furthermore, it calls for a financing strategy, accompanied by technical assistance and capacity development, to ensure adequate support to developing countries. Achieving the sustainable development mission requires actions from the public and private sectors and civil society alike. More voluntary commitments, like those launched at Rio +20, are necessary and welcome.For development co-operation actors, these outcomes imply new ways of thinking and operating. Among other things, development co-operation will need to:help establish SDGs as part of the post-2015 development framework and use them to guide future official development assistance (ODA) and other flows;mainstream green growth thinking into all areas of development co-operation and provide more timely and targeted support to meet the needs of different types of developing countries – from the poorest to those that are medium income and rapidly developing;inspired by the many voluntary commitments made at Rio, speed up more effective use of ODA and use it to partner with and to leverage other sources of finance for sustainable development;improve and accelerate the sharing of information, skills and technology to strengthen capacity and resilience in partner countries;support the adoption of natural capital accounting by developing countries in their decision-making processes, as well as its use by development co-operation agencies in their own aid investments.

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