High Level Meetings are held every three to five years. They offer a space for discussions on policies and progress in development. The Government of Lao PDR and the United Nations hosted the 12th High Level Round Table Meeting on 27 November 2015 at the International Cooperation and Training Centre (ICTC) in Vientiane.
The meeting brought together over 300 delegates from the government and development partners from the United Nations, donor governments, civil society organisations and the private sector to boost cooperation for development in Lao PDR.
In his opening remarks to the 12th High Level Round Table Meeting, H.E. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong said:
“Lao PDR has made considerable efforts to reduce poverty. We’ve laid strong foundations to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020. In the years to come, we’ll focus all our efforts on the implementation of the 8th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan to 2020. We’ll determine clear measures, in a clear action plan, to achieve development in the economic, socio-cultural and environmental spheres.”
“I wish to reaffirm that the Government is a reliable partner in managing the implementation of Official Development Assistance in an effective, transparent way, that helps bring about sustainable development, and of course reaches the people – who are the real beneficiaries.”
Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, said:
“I’m delighted to see that the Sustainable Development Goals are being included in Lao PDR’s 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan. The 17 global goals aim to tackle problems that affect us all; poverty, inequality and injustice and climate change by 2030.”
“These goals are part of the broadest, most ambitious agenda for people, planet and prosperity in history, and that is exactly why partnerships are so important. Without new partnerships, new sources of funds and new technology, we won’t meet these vital targets. In this way, the implementation of the Vientiane Partnership Declaration will be key for Lao PDR.”
The Government and it’s development partners endorsed a new Declaration to guide development cooperation in the country to 2025.
The ‘Vientiane Partnership Declaration‘ builds on a 2006 agreement on aid effectiveness. It highlights the ‘catalytic’ role of Official Development Assistance or traditional ‘aid,’ and places more emphasis on boosting taxes and other domestic revenues, increasing cooperation with developing countries, increasing knowledge and technology transfer and closer work with business and civil society.