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G7 Development Ministers Commitments, 2018

Brittaney Warren, G7 Research Group
June 8, 2018
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Joint Chair's Summary, Finance and Development Ministers', June 1, N=3

Innovative Financing for Development

Mobilizing Private Capital for Sustainable Development

2018-1: Ministers agreed to broaden awareness of the OECD Blended Finance Principles (2017) in an effort to help advance the use of innovative financing to increase the flow of capital into emerging and frontier markets.

Women's Economic Empowerment

2018-2: They agreed to work closely with G20 and other partners to continue to promote the importance of women's financial inclusion

2018-3: [They agreed to work closely with G20 and other partners to continue to] reinforce efforts to improve the quality of disaggregated data provided by financial institutions.

Chair's Summary: G7 Development Ministers' Meeting, June 2, N=10

Empowerment of Adolescent Girls

2018-4: Ministers agreed to intensify their efforts to address the root causes of gender inequality, particularly the multiple barriers that compound the exclusion of adolescent girls and hinder their ability to achieve their full potential.

2018-5: In this regard, Ministers agreed in the context of the current Rohingya crisis to promote and pursue greater collaboration, including on women and girls and that such collaboration is very much needed more broadly in humanitarian crises.

Accelerating Innovation for Development Impact

2018-6: Ministers therefore committed to working together to drive and support pioneering solutions that improve cost effectiveness and challenge traditional models, approaches and partnerships to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Ministers committed to supporting and inspiring their staff, partners and peers to do development differently. This includes promoting:

2018-7: inclusive innovation

2018-8: investing in locally-driven solutions

2018-9: encouraging smart risk-taking

2018-10: adopting new program and policy approaches

2018-11: using data to drive decision-making

2018-12: identifying scalable solutions

2018-13: supporting gender-responsive mechanisms and knowledge sharing.

The Whistler Declaration on Unlocking the Power of Adolescence for Sustainable Development, June 2, N=20

The G7 Ministers responsible for humanitarian action and development assistance will:

Adopt integrated approaches to our support for adolescent girls, including in humanitarian, fragile and conflict settings, to address the multiple barriers to empowerment, inclusion and opportunity, including:

2018-14: accessing and fulfilling their human rights;

2018-15: equally and fully participating in their societies while ensuring that their voices are taken into account;

2018-16: providing opportunities for girls and women to access and complete at least 12 years of safe, quality, inclusive, equitable education, from their early years through to the end of secondary, leading to improved learning outcomes, including demand-led technical and vocational education and training;

2018-17: preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence including child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, violence in schools, and sexual exploitation and abuse;

2018-18: promoting and protecting adolescent health and well-being, through evidence-based health care and health information;

2018-19: ensuring that adolescent girls benefit from healthy diets and micronutrients required to support their development;

2018-20: supporting access to appropriate sanitation and hygiene products and services;

2018-21: ensuring approaches, policies and services are accessible to adolescent girls with disabilities and promote their participation in society; and

2018-22: supporting families to address financial barriers for the poorest adolescent girls to complete their schooling, leading to enhanced outcomes, including on poverty, hunger, education, health, preventing violence, and economic empowerment.

2018-23: Promote and pilot integrated approaches that support the rights and needs of adolescent girls across a number of sectors including health and nutrition, education, sexual and gender based violence, and leadership

2018-24: support transition to decent work with equal pay.

2018-25: Advocate for and invest in girls' voices and leadership potential, including through funding of women and youth-led organisations.

2018-26: Collaborate with parents and families to confront discrimination and social and institutional barriers that prevent adolescent girls from realizing their rights and inhibit progress across all areas of development.

2018-27: [Collaborate with] communities and institutions (including civil society, private sector, traditional and religious leaders and faith-based organizations, women's and children's rights and youth-led organizations) [to confront discrimination and social and institutional barriers that prevent adolescent girls from realizing their rights and inhibit progress across all areas of development.]

2018-28: [Collaborate with] men and boys [to confront discrimination and social and institutional barriers that prevent adolescent girls from realizing their rights and inhibit progress across all areas of development.]

2018-29: Work with developing country partners, including women's and girls' led organizations, to ensure that the needs and rights of adolescent girls, including from indigenous communities, are fully integrated into national policies and public services.

2018-30: Work with governments,

2018-31: [Work with] the International Financial Institutions, to strengthen and centralize data and accountability systems to ensure that interventions are based on evidence and report on investments targeting adolescent girls, including the collection, use and dissemination of data disaggregated by age and sex and, as appropriate, by other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental and physical disability.

2018-32: [Work with] the United Nations to strengthen and centralize data and accountability systems to ensure that interventions are based on evidence and report on investments targeting adolescent girls, including the collection, use and dissemination of data disaggregated by age and sex and, as appropriate, by other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental and physical disability.

2018-33: [Work with] civil society to strengthen and centralize data and accountability systems to ensure that interventions are based on evidence and report on investments targeting adolescent girls, including the collection, use and dissemination of data disaggregated by age and sex and, as appropriate, by other identity factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental and physical disability.

The Whistler Declaration on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in International Assistance, June 2, N=14

2018-34: We, the G7 Development Ministers commit that our Governments will work together and with our partners to strengthen our national and international system's ability to protect individuals from, and respond to, sexual exploitation and abuse in international assistance.

Our Governments will:

2018-35: Deliver on our commitment to the UNSG's zero tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse contained in the Voluntary Compact and encourage other governments to do the same;

2018-36: Encourage, and where feasible require, our partners to implement:

2018-37: Strong and publically available safeguarding policies and procedures in place, in both the humanitarian and development sectors including codes of conduct, such as, in humanitarian assistance the IASC Six Core Principles of Codes of Conduct and IASC's Eight Minimum Operating Standards on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse;

2018-38: Recruitment and referral practices that prevent the hiring of perpetrators;

2018-39: Systems in place to efficiently deal with perpetrators;

2018-40: Regular training for all staff in prevention of and response to incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse; and,

2018-41: Anonymous, confidential and accessible reporting processes (e.g. whistleblowing mechanisms), where all allegations of misconduct are pursued transparently and impartially, where concerns are heard and acted upon and where survivors are protected from retaliation.

2018-42: Promote the development, and implementation, of formal feedback and complaints and response mechanisms by partners, to increase protection of, and accountability to affected populations;

2018-43: Encourage an integrated, strategic response to victim assistance in collaboration with United Nations system actors, governments and civil society, for example through the work of the UN Victims' Rights Advocate;

2018-44: Work towards harmonization of standards and mechanisms to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the international system;

2018-45: Recommend that all partners share and implement best practices, in particular those that close system-level gaps and increase the capacity of smaller organizations;

2018-46: Drive organizational change to strengthen transparency and accountability in our own systems to set standards, prevent harassment and protect our own staff.

2018-47: G7 Ministers will continue their collaboration to advance these commitments, including through the participation of their governments at the upcoming international conference on tackling sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, to be held in London, UK on 18th October 2018.

The Whistler Declaration on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action, June 2, N=10

2018-48: Together we will work with our partners to promote system-level change

2018-49: [Together we will work with our partnership to] ensure that humanitarian action is principled, evidence-based, and empowering, and recognizes that interventions to meet basic needs include access to education, health care for girls, and the prevention and response to gender-based violence.

Our Governments will:

2018-50: Urge humanitarian partners to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment in their programming including by pursuing gender analysis, collecting disaggregated data, and consulting and including affected women and adolescent girls' voices to shape their responses;

2018-51: Work with heads of humanitarian agencies and their executive boards to make gender equality an organisational priority in humanitarian action, through actions such as establishing senior gender champions; enacting senior level leadership and country-level accountabilities; and leveraging human and financial resources to realise implementation;

2018-52: Strengthen prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV) in crises by upholding international law and humanitarian principles, and supporting the field implementation of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies;

2018-53: Strengthen women and girls' access to health care by funding and monitoring the implementation of the full range of internationally-agreed standards of humanitarian health response in crises;

2018-54: Increase accountability to affected populations by supporting the meaningful field-level participation, leadership and decision-making of women and adolescent girls, including those living with disabilities, throughout humanitarian action, including through funding to local women's organizations, where appropriate and possible;

2018-55: Enhance the utilization of research and evidence to improve the impact of humanitarian assistance on gender equality;

2018-56: Increase system accountability for consistent implementation of commitments for women and girls in humanitarian action by building on existing independent monitoring mechanisms that report on field-level implementation and performance by humanitarian partners.

2018-57: To ensure sustained follow-up on these actions, Canada will host a high-level meeting in 2019, ahead of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, to review progress in addressing gender equality in humanitarian action.

The Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact, June 2, N=3

2018-58: In Whistler, G7 Development Ministers pledged to encourage path-breaking ideas and actions for inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind. [This includes innovations that can reinforce social and economic resilience for those in fragile states or at risk of extreme weather events and other natural hazards.]

2018-59: With a view to accelerating inclusive, locally-driven innovation for development impact, G7 countries will work together to drive change in their own organizations and with partners to support pioneering solutions that challenge traditional models, approaches and partnerships, and encourage new models and solutions that can deliver results. 

2018-60: Building on aid effectiveness principles and good practices and lessons, G7 Development Ministers will also encourage close collaboration across sectors for delivering development impact at scale.


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