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Reforming the international aid system

Reforming the international aid system | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has decided to set up a High Level Panel that will propose options for a transformation and reformation of decision making on global development assistance.
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The panel will make proposals and recommendations, focusing on how the international community should best arrive at decisions on aid in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“I am optimistic that the new, transformed DAC will continue to be essential on our way to reaching the new and ambitious Global Goals — aiming for a future of peace, prosperity, and dignity for all,” says DAC Chair Erik Solheim.

The decision to establish the panel was made at the February 2016 ministerial level meeting of the DAC. The present exercise will propose options for the future of the Committee in an international landscape and development context that has witnessed fundamental change since it was created more than 50 years ago. The objective of the Panel will be to make proposals and recommendations, testing the status quo and focusing on the following main issues:

• The DAC’s contribution to global development efforts and its relevance and impact within the international development architecture, reflecting its mandate, traditional role and functions (these include peer learning and reviews, policy development, setting rules for official development finance and development finance statistics, and providing analysis, accountability, good practice and standards for international development efforts).

• The evolution of global decision making in the field of development. This involves evaluating the DAC and its work, and enhancing the inclusiveness and representativeness of the committee, in line with the universal and inclusive nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

• The strategic implications for the working methods and structure of the committee, including its subcommittees and networks.

The panel will be chaired by Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland (1990-1997) as well as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). She is joined by 16 panel members with a diverse background who will all serve in a personal capacity. 

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The panel is expected to conclude its work by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
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Bedriftene går foran

Bedriftene går foran | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Store bedrifter ligger ofte langt foran de fleste politikere i miljøbevissthet. Det er grunn til miljøoptimisme.
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How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing Good

How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing Good | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
In 2015, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, we committed to the most inclusive, diverse and comprehensive and ambitiou
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A great insight on sustainable development by Eric Solheim! Look out for the forthcoming report : The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities.

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Her er Solheims 5 bud for en grønnere verden

Her er Solheims 5 bud for en grønnere verden | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
5. juni er Verdens miljødag. Vi ba FNs påtroppende miljøsjef beskrive de fem største miljøutfordringene verden står overfor.
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We're losing $240bn a year to tax avoidance. Who really ends up paying?

We're losing $240bn a year to tax avoidance. Who really ends up paying? | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Only by convincing corporations and wealthy individuals to pay their taxes fairly do we have any hope of funding the future
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-Føles veldig godt!

-Føles veldig godt! | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Erik Solheim (61) vil samarbeide tettere med næringslivet som FNs nye miljøsjef. -Vi må følge de store pengestrømmene, sier han.
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Erik Solheim to UNEP: Keeping an eye on the Arctic from Nairobi

Erik Solheim to UNEP: Keeping an eye on the Arctic from Nairobi | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
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When Erik Solheim tweeted about his nomination to become the next head of the UN Environment Program, he chose a photo of a desperate polar bear perched on top of a melting piece of Arctic ice. That was a message of how important the High North will be – even as he sets off south, to Nairobi.
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Aid trend is reversing: More money to the poorest

Aid trend is reversing: More money to the poorest | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Global development aid reached a record high in 2015. Being inspired to do even better, we should also focus on the main purpose of …
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– Uakseptabelt at en så stor del av verdensøkonomien er skjult

– Uakseptabelt at en så stor del av verdensøkonomien er skjult | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Det sier lederen av OECDs utviklingskomité som i dag la frem rekordhøye tall for de rike landenes bistand til utviklingsland. Om ulovlig kapitalflyt avskaffes kan vi gå med sjumilstøvler for å avskaffe ekstrem fattigdom, mener Erik Solheim.
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Det eneste som virkelig hjelper

Det eneste som virkelig hjelper | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Europamesterskapet bør handle om fotball. Det bør ikke være en konkurranse om å lage de dårligste rettighetene for immigranter.
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Concerns raised over government attempts to redefine overseas aid

Concerns raised over government attempts to redefine overseas aid | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
UK lobbying for more defence and security spending to be classed as aid may be aimed at making up gaps in budgets, NGOs warn
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Development aid revised to include some military and security activity - OECD

Development aid revised to include some military and security activity - OECD | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
The move concerns advocates who fear aid could increasingly be used to pay for hosting migrants
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Erik Solheim

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I slutet av 2015 uttalade DAC:s ordförande Erik Solheim mycket hård kritik mot de planerade flyktingavräkningarna i det svenska biståndet. Nu har DAC kommit med en så kallad Mid-Term Review som ger mycket beröm till Sverige.

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Thoughts at the end of my OECD journey

Thoughts at the end of my OECD journey | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
My final day with the OECD has come. After three and a half years with interesting, wise, clever and fun colleagues here in Paris, I am moving to Nairobi to take up my new position as head of the UN Environment. 


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I have learned a lot from all of you. Your motivation, hard work and willingness to find good solutions have inspired me. I am proud to have been a part of this highly competent and important organisation, and there is no doubt that I will take with me a lot of knowledge and focus as I move to the UN. 

OECD is at the forefront of showing the world how good politics and practical solutions are far more important factors for development and making successful changes than money. And the OECD's statistics and collection of data in numerous areas are used by policy makers all over the world. By comparing oneself with others or even with oneself over time, one will find inspiration for good policies that work. What works in one country might very well also work in another country. And by comparing oneself with a neighbouring country or a country with fewer resources – but still doing better – one can learn and adopt successful solutions. I am inspired to look into how the UN can approach different solutions for the environment in the same way. 

 In recent years, the OECD has gone through massive changes and reforms. This has been both important and necessary in order to maintain its key role within the international community. Fifteen years ago, the OECD was seen as a quite conservative and perhaps boring organisation, focusing on its traditional group of members. Its views on economics and politics didn't match the progress and development one saw in non-member countries. They simply did not mirror the big, vibrating and interesting world out there. Now this has changed, thanks in no small part to the leadership shown by Secretary-General Gurría, and OECD's work on taxes, investment, environment, education, equality and gender is highly valued. The way OECD also has worked with the G20 group of big economies and welcomed, for instance, Prime Minister Li of China has taken the organisation into the very heart of critical international issues. 

Within the OECD Development Assistance Committee we have also gone through substantial reforms over the past few years. The rules for counting and measuring aid have been changed in key areas like the private sector, loans and peace and security. We have launched new measuring concepts. Many new nations have joined as members or partners of the Committee. We have worked on assisting war-torn states, culminating in the Mali conference. And probably most important of all, we have made huge steps forward in focusing on business and taxes as important drivers of development, complemented and leveraged by aid. 

The reforms of both the wider OECD and the Development Assistance Committee need to continue. To put it bluntly - organisations that don't constantly change, in a rapidly changing world will become irrelevant and in the end will die. We now see China, Arab countries and other emerging economies taking new approaches towards development assistance. We also see recipients of aid legitimately demanding a seat at the table when decisions affecting them are made. It is important for the DAC to continue to reform and challenge the rules of development assistance in order to meet this new world. That is why I have worked over time with the Committee to establish a high-level panel with many of the very best experts in the world to set out a new path for us. The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, will chair the panel. 

To continue in its role as the number-one organisation for advice, rules and data, I believe the OECD has to continue to reform, develop and systematically change. It will be important to include even more countries from both Latin America and Asia. One should perhaps not be so concerned about being likeminded, but rather focus on togetherness. To mention some potential countries: Peru, Argentina and Brazil should all be able to follow the path of Colombia and Costa Rica and become members. The same goes for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and a number of other Asian countries. I believe the OECD also should expand its work in partnership with African countries to form effective and sound political strategies for development. Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz is working on an Africa strategy for the OECD, which I find inspiring. The knowledge of OECD also should be better shared with low-income countries in areas such as taxes, illicit financial flows, education, environment and investment. 

All this being said, I hope we will stay in touch. I will take with me everything I have learned from the OECD, and my door is always open. I know that God created me with two ears and just one mouth for a reason: I should highly appreciate good ideas and input from everyone. So please do not hesitate to contact me!
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High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee

High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
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UN elects Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency

UN elects Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
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The U.N. General Assembly has elected Norway's former environment minister Erik Solheim to head the U.N. environment agency.
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UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals. 
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Erik Solheim innstilt til FN-toppjobb

Erik Solheim innstilt til FN-toppjobb | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Tidligere SV-leder Erik Solheim er av FNs generalsekretær innstilt som ny sjef for FNs miljøprogram (UNEP).
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– Næringslivet må med i FNs klimaarbeid

– Næringslivet må med i FNs klimaarbeid | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
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Erik Solheim sier han vil ta med «to store ører og en litt mindre munn» dersom han får toppjobben i FNs miljøprogram (UNEP). Fattigdomsbekjempelse og næringslivssamarbeid vil stå øverst på blokka om OECD-lederen får ta fatt på en av FNs mer krevende oppgaver.
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Government Gazette » Why climate financing matters to real people

Government Gazette » Why climate financing matters to real people | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
A monthly magazine providing a unique perspective on political issues in Whitehall, Westminster, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Europe and beyond.
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Aid Innovations Which Works

Aid Innovations Which Works | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
There are few more inspiring stories in the world than those telling about huge sustainable development success and better lives for many people.

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Kutter milliarder i u-hjelp for å betale asylregningene hjemme

Kutter milliarder i u-hjelp for å betale asylregningene hjemme | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
BERGEN (VG) Flere av Europas rikeste land kutter i bistanden til utviklingsland for å betale asylregningen i egne land.
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The Sustainable Development Goals and Development Co-operation

The Sustainable Development Goals and Development Co-operation | Erik Solheim - blogs and articles | Scoop.it
Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee The Sustainable Development Goals which world leaders agreed on in 2015 are focussed on people, peace and planet. Achieving goals re…
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