Asia Pacific CSOs express concern over shrinking civil society space, strong private sector push : Page 2 of 2

Posted on 26 March 2014
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‘Progress is undeniably slow’
Banking on the promises made in Busan, Asia Pacific CSOs also expressed frustration over the slow progress of implementation especially on CSO enabling environment commitments.
CPDE Co-Chair and IBON International Director Antonio Tujan, Jr. particularly mentioned the failure of development actors to create an enabling environment for CSOs and further pushed for the HLM communiqué to make reference to ‘shrinking CSO spaces.’
“Our overall assessment is that two years after these [Busan] commitments were made, there is lack of political will to implement the overall agenda, and progress is undeniably slow,” said CPDE Co-Chair and PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga during her presentation in the session on inclusive development and progress since Busan.
“Let’s keep the promise of Busan at the forefront of our minds, lest we forget,” she reminded.
During the communiqué consultations, Tujan demanded ‘stronger wording’ on the full implementation of Accra and Paris commitments. He also pointed out the need for an Action Plan that will accelerate the implementation of Busan agreements.
Among other issues, Tujan also raised the possibility of a non-executive co-chair in the GPEDC that will represent civil society, parliamentarians, the private sector and other non-governmental development actors. The presence of a non-executive co-chair, according to Tujan, would make the leadership of the Global Partnership ‘truly inclusive.’
The outcome of the Asia-Pacific consultation is set to feed into the Communiqué that will be agreed by heads of governments, civil society representatives, United Nations officials, business leaders and international organisations in Mexico City on April 15-16.
 This was first posted on the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness website on March 19, 2014.
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