59th DPI/NGO WFWPI Lucheon: Presentation by Shoji Nishimoto
Partnering for Change: Realizing the MDGs Together by 2015
Mr. Shoji Nishimoto, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy United Nations Development Program prepared a special presentation for the group entitled Partnering for Change: Realizing the MDGs together by 2015. He informed us of the ways UNDP is partnering with NGOs and civil society organizations. He gave a brief review of progress on the MDGs, capacity building of UNDP and the focus on empowerment of women and gender equality. Mr. Nishimoto informed us that UNDP encourages policy dialogs between governments, civil society organizations and donors, advocates for legal changes to allow civil society greater ability to participate in development. He emphasized that UNDP views civil society organizations as equal and vital partners in overcoming development challenges. He acknowledged that civil society plays multiple roles such as advocacy, mediation, mobilization, research and analysis and project implementation. In conclusion, he stressed that particularly women's NGOs are vital partners in narrowing gender gaps which are large impediments to the development process.
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