After a few years of global debate on the Development Goals (MDGs-SDGs), which have provided a common framework, at the highest level, for accountability and measurement of progress, Catalonia's proposal as the leading region of this working group is to propose a work, which is already situated within the new development scenario. A scenario marked by the universality of the challenges and the horizontality of the relationships and alliances needed to address them; by the disappearance of the boundary separating the internal and the international; and by the need to give territorial meaning to the global framework of results, represented by the 2030 Agenda. This scenario further emphasizes the importance of the regions and their governments in promoting sustainable development that reaches all territories and all people.

Thus, the will of this Working Group is to support the efforts of its member organizations and regions to align their public cooperation with the framework of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Special emphasis is placed on SDG 17 ("Partnerships for the Goals") which includes fundamental issues such as new forms of financing, policy coherence for development, new technologies, technical capacity building, improved use of data, or evaluation and accountability.

The Working Group also organizes ORU-Fogar's participation and contribution, as a common voice of intermediate governments, in the most relevant spaces of the international debate on development cooperation. These include the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC); the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum; and the European Union Development Policy Forum. Through the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Working Group participates in the Platforma project, with funding from the European Commission.

Some priority lines for 2021 are:

·     To collaborate with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and UNDP-Art in the design and implementation of Action Area 2.6 of the GPEDC program, "Strengthening development effectiveness at the sub-state level for the achievement of the SDGs."

·      To foster the conceptual elaboration and operational deployment of key methodologies for regional development, and especially the Territorial Approach to Development (LED) and Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS-3).

·      To promote Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) for the incorporation of development criteria in the deployment of public action, based on the commitment to international human rights instruments and conventions promoted by the United Nations in its Resolution A/HRC/RES/17/4 "Human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises".

Agenda 2021

(available soon)

News concerned

The Cooperation Effectiveness Summit points out the importance of training


Joint signature of ORU-UCLG presidencies: Preparatory actions for Action 2.6. of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). 

Participation in the framework of PLATFORMA and the Geographic Dialogues with the EU. 

ORU Fogar at the global debate on development Effectiveness 01/04/20 

We continue to work for the Effectiveness of Cooperation 10/1/2020 

A network of experts in regional paradiplomacy has been created 8/1/2020 

ORU Fogar participate in the HLPF in New York 15/7/19

The collection "Territories in Debate" concludes its 10 volumes 28/3/19

High training technical missions after the assembly of the Basque Country 8/1/18 

First meeting with the participants of the RIS3-AL Program 11/7/17 

Articles concerned

J. Sánchez: The Effectiveness of development cooperation, 10 years after Busan in the framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).  

J. Sánchez: The Global Taskforce of local and regional governments, beyond Habitat III 15/02/17

R. Esparza: Piura’s RIS3 2/2/17


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