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Press Release No. 144
Mexico City, April 13, 2014

Mexico expects to welcome more than 1,500 personalities in politics, business and international civil society, including heads of state and government, ministers, business leaders, heads of international and regional organizations, academics, parliamentarians and members of civil society. Some of the high-level participants include UN Secretary General Ban Ki -Moon, and the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, José Angel Gurría, among others.

Less than a year from the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, there are still many setbacks to overcome. The Global Partnership, which involves the equal participation of governments, civil society, the business sector, local government and parliamentarians, seeks to become a means to respond to the great challenges facing humanity in today’s complex social dynamics. This partnership will also assist in implementing the new development agenda agreed on in 2015.

The meeting, which will be inaugurated by President Enrique Peña Nieto, will cover a busy agenda addressing, among other issues, the mobilization of domestic resources for development; cooperation with middle-income countries, which include Mexico; cooperation among developing countries, known as South-South cooperation, and the private sector's contribution to development. Also, 36 discussion sessions will be held to address issues related to each of the main points on the agenda, and will include the participation of some of the world's most renowned experts in the field.

As host of the first High Level Meeting, Mexico seeks to promote dialogue and consensus-building among various state and non-state actors to strengthen and advance the agenda for effective development cooperation. This agenda seeks to enhance the impact of international cooperation actions for development, the principles of national ownership of cooperative actions; results-based actions; transparency and accountability, and partnerships for inclusive development.

The Global Partnership emerged during the fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, South Korea, in December 2011. More than 160 countries participated voluntarily and over 40 countries have been involved in follow-up exercises to measure the implementation of the objectives set out during the forum.

On Monday, prior to the meeting, the Senate, in coordination with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa, will organize a meeting at its primary offices. The same day, more than 150 representatives of national and international civil society will also meet in a "Global Civil Society Forum for Development Effectiveness". In both forums the substantive issues of the Global Partnership will be discussed.

For Mexico, hosting this event of global significance is another step forward in consolidating itself as a globally responsible stakeholder.