The g7+ group is built upon principles of voluntarism, solidarity, and cooperation. This Annual Report recounts progress against our five work priorities: (1) Implementation of the New Deal; (2) Policy Impact; (3) Strengthening g7+; (4) Peer Learning through Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation; and (5) Implementation of Agenda 2030.
The g7+ has achieved some major milestones in terms of advancing the vision of the g7+ in the year 2016, which were the fruit of many years of past labor and political and financial support from Timor-Leste and other member states. Timor-Leste, the hosting country of the g7+ Secretariat and its major donor, has played a leading role in promoting the g7+ agenda. As one of the youngest nations, Timor-Leste has demonstrated leadership at the global level in contributing to the noble cause of making and building peace in countries affected by conflict.
Despite several challenges, the g7+ secretariat has sought to support its member countries in realizing the New Deal principles. It has focused on making the New Deal principles relevant to guide the policies aimed at countries in fragile situation.
The g7+ group has advocated for increased and better support for the countries in fragile situation. Owing to such advocacy, IDA 18 (International Development Association) allocation to fragile countries has been doubled. The advocacy work has also centered on highlighting the specific needs of countries affected by conflict and fragility in various policy forums at global level. This includes, in particular, raising the importance of country led and sustainable peace as a precursor for social and economic development.
Consolidating the g7+ group has been critical in advancing the common position of the member countries. The success of such advocacy depends on providing evidence based policy proposition. Peer learning under the Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation has proved instrumental in this regard. Building on the principle of solidarity, the group has been carefully building cooperation among the members to exchange knowledge in peace and state building.
Furthermore, the g7+ Secretariat has managed to build and consolidate relations with various stakeholders. The Secretariat signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. The objective of such agreements are to formalize the partnership to mobilize support for the member countries.
Some of our member countries experienced renewed periods of crisis during 2016, and the g7+ expresses its solidarity with the people of Central African Republic (CAR), Yemen, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia and others. However, there have been many positive examples of supporting resilience too, in particular with the help of the Government of Timor-Leste, through the Fragile-to- Fragile Cooperation activities. This includes financial contribution of USD 1.5 million from the Government of Timor-Leste to CAR for the purpose of resettling of the internally displaced peoples (IDPs). Such support is complemented by the solidarity demonstrated by the g7+ group with CAR through advocating for financial and political support.
During 2016, the g7+ as a group and its secretariat faced numerous challenges that hampered our progress. These challenges, however, also presented opportunities to learn lessons that can be important to advance the noble cause of the group.