Norwegian State Secretary for Development Cooperation visit UN in Cape Verde

Norwegian State Secretary for Development Cooperation of Norway Ms. Ingrid Fiskaa visited the Casa das Nacoes Unidas on June 7, 2011 to meet with Resident Coordinator Petra Lantz and UN colleagues to discuss the One UN program in Cape Verde, which Norway has supported directly as well as indirectly through the Expanded Funding Window. Ms. Fiskaa received a briefing on examples of current joint programming as well as an update on the current One UN budget situation.

Additional discussions primarily focused on Cape Verde's considerable development successes and its continuing challenges, in particular as regards to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Reasons for Cape Verde's very positive development progress (2nd country to graduate from LDC status in the world, first country in the world to be eligible for a second compact with MCA, first country in the region to have entered a special partnership with the EU, a country on track to meet the MDGs, etc...) were due to a combination of good accountable governance and strong democratic systems and processes in place since 1991. Another contributing factor to Cape Verde's success has been solid and strong support from development partners, including Norway.

Ms Lantz pointed out that although Cape Verde is one of only 3 countries to graduate from LDC status, Cape Verde's development success remains fragile and vulnerable to exogenous shocks. All noted the importance of sustaining Cape Verde's success. Ms Fiskaa observed that while Norway has concluded its bilateral programme in Cape Verde, it remains open to contributing to Cape Verde's development through potential support for ongoing or future regional or multilateral initiatives.

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