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Slovenia participates in high-level OECD Development Assistance Committee session

Paris, 31 October 2017 – The high-level OECD Development Assistance Committee session was held at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris on 30 and 31 October. Slovenia was represented by Sabina R. Stadler, the Director-General for Multilateral Affairs, Development Cooperation and International Law. Innovative approaches to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were among the central topics of the session and the Committee also adopted reform and strategic objectives for its future activity.


On the first day, the Committee discussed good practices of the states in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including methods of raising public awareness of the importance of development cooperation and increased involvement of various stakeholders in implementing development projects. The discussion also included the topic of new approaches in development cooperation financing, and innovative ways of implementing the assistance and development needs of small island states. Members of the Committee approved the principles of blended development financing.


On the second day, the Committee addressed the question of coherence in development and humanitarian activities, as well as peace operations, and confirmed new guidelines on reporting refugee costs. A proposal to reform the Committee was adopted, together with new strategic guidelines on its activities. The OECD Secretariat also presented the latest report on the development cooperation of the Committee members. The meeting was concluded with the adoption of a communiqué.


In the discussion, Director-General Stadler expressed Slovenia’s support for DAC reform, which must adapt to the new 2030 Agenda paradigm. The Committee should become a meeting point for the exchange of experience and good practice among the member and partner states. In accordance with the inclusive nature of the Agenda, it is necessary to engage new stakeholders that can contribute to implementing sustainable development goals with their innovative approaches, know-how and financing. She also emphasised the importance of a better connection between development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in addressing the root causes of current global challenges and in building resilient societies, with a special focus on women’s empowerment and environmental safety.