UNDP, through ART Initiative, promotes the added value of a more integrated approach to Decentralized Cooperation with its insertion in multi-stakeholder and multi-level frameworks.
Brussels, 4th April. During the third edition of the Assises of Decentralised Cooperation for development organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, the High Level Session on "Decentralised Cooperation: towards a Multi-stakeholder and Multi-level approach" will be organized by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation/Basque Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the ART Initiative (Articulation of Territorial Networks for Sustainable Human Development).
Members of European Parliament, European Commission, Committee of Regions, representatives of local and regional authorities from the North and the South, leaders and representatives of international organizations and Civil Society will debate on the added value of inserting local and regional authorities' development efforts in a larger framework together with other development actors, reflecting a multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach to development.
Building on the Rio+20 outcome document and the Busan Global Partnerhsip that recognize local and sub-national authorities as key partners for good governance and effective development cooperation at the local level, the High Level Session is conceived as an important opportunity to debate on the main features of the multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach to development as well as on how can Decentralised Cooperation frameworks play a role in the consolidation of sectorial reforms by creating a favourale setting for local development.
Effective governance at local, regional, national, and global levels representing the voices and interests of all citizens is critical for advancing sustainable human development. The discussions of the session will be another important step in bringing the voice of local and regional actors in the post-2015 process, which is to shape the future global development agenda.
Date: 9th April 2013, 9.30am to 13:00
With the participation of:
Mr Levon BARSEGHYAN, Member of the Municipality Council of Gyumri, Armenia
ART is a UNDP international cooperation initiative, which promotes sustainable human development at the local level. Its main objective is to empower territories and communities to meet the Millenium Development Goals. In order to achieve this, ART facilitates processes that enhance the articulation between the local, national, and international levels, fosters a more effective use of internal and external resources and promotes sustainable partnerships between territories and global development cooperation networks.
Registration to the Assises is now open at:
Posted on: April 4, 2013