Accra Declaration on MDGs in Crisis Settings Issued

20 July 2010: The representatives of 12 crisis-affected countries, including representatives of the G7+, met in Accra, Ghana, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in a workshop organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in countries affected by conflict.

Participants discussed and reflected on the opportunities for, and obstacles to, the achievement of the MDGs in countries affected by conflict, armed violence and fragility, and vulnerable to the disruption caused by human and natural disasters, climate change and the global food, fuel and financial and economic crisis. The workshop concluded with the adoption of the Accra Declaration on achieving the MDGs in crisis settings, in which participants express their support for a focused and accelerated effort in countries affected by conflict, fragility, armed violence and disasters by, inter alia, strengthening national capacities and institutions to prevent and manage the impact of internal and external shocks such as natural, human-made and climate-related disasters. They also urge development partners to provide predictable, timely, risk-tolerant and more flexible resources to conflict-affected and fragile States, including through the Peacebuilding Fund and climate financing. In this context, they note that additional resources are required for peacebuilding and statebuilding priorities, including infrastructure development, as well as to facilitate transition. [Accra Declaration] [OECD Press Release]