From the 18-19 October 2011, the g7+ will be meeting for the 1st Ministerial Retreat in Juba South Sudan. With the theme “Moving from Fragility to Development”, this g7+ Ministerial Retreat will bring together Ministers and high-level representatives from the 17 g7+ member countries. During this meeting the work of the g7+ Working Groups will be consolidated in the lead up to the 4th High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea.
Since it’s formation in 2010 at the 1st International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Dili, the g7+ has been working to influence international donor engagement and development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected states. This began with the original drafting of the Dili Declaration and g7+ Statement which called for a paradigm shift in the way development partners engage in fragile states highlighting the need to prioritize peacebuilding and statebuilding as keys to achieving the MDGs. More recently at the 2nd International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, through the Monrovia Roadmap, the g7+ has laid out specific steps to be taken by donors and partner countries, which it is hoped will culminate in a New Deal for donor engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states.
The g7+ Secretariat is confident that the Juba Ministerial Retreat will be yet another successful step towards influencing the final Busan Outcome Document to be adopted at the upcoming 4th Fourth High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea later this year. Through open consultation and with a unified voice forged through events such as this, the g7+ stands to change the paradigm of development in fragile and conflict-affected states.