14 August 2015

The outcome document of the 3rd Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa in June 2015 relates to the work and aims of IHP+ in three paragraphs.

How does the FFD3 in Addis relate to IHP+?

The Addis conference is a third in a row of international conferences dedicated to financing development. The first conference in Monterey in 2002 aimed to propose a way forward to finance the implementation of MDGs, which were just launched in 2000. The Doha conference in 2008 reaffirmed commitments for financing development despite the financial crisis. 

Unlike the Monterey conference, Addis has taken place before the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals framework and post-2015 agenda implementation mechanism, which are set for September 2015. This is perhaps - to a certain extent - the reason why no concrete commitments were made in Addis on the specifics of financing the post-2015 agenda.

The outcome document negotiated by Member States for months prior to the conference, and finalized on the third day of the conference (the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action) reaffirms a strong political commitment “to address the challenge of financing and creating an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity”. The goal was restated as “to end poverty and hunger, and to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions through promoting inclusive economic growth, protecting the environment, and promoting social inclusion.”

Three paragraphs are of direct relevance for IHP+ 

Para 58 – talks about reaffirming adherence to principles of effective development cooperation, ownership, untied aid and mentions Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation as a complementary mechanism to the Development Cooperation Forum of the ECOSOC.

Para 71-72 – re-emphasise the importance of continuing to support middle-income countries in their transition, including through ODA; this is also relevant for IHP+, where more than half of the countries are now MICs.

Para 77 – acknowledges the results achieved by global health partnerships, such as GAVI and Global Fund, but encourages them to align better and further support health systems strengthening, recognises the role of WHO as the directing and coordinating agency in international health, states that Member States will enhance international coordination to strengthen national health systems and achieve universal health coverage, and welcomes innovative financing mechanism such as the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child.

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