Forum on Building Resilience to Fragility in Asia and the Pacific: Proceedings
This document contains the proceedings from the high-level forum, Building Resilience to Fragility in Asia and the Pacific, that was held by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in Manila in June 2013. The forum aimed to foster stronger partnerships, support new thinking and innovative engagement, and enhance development efforts to better assist countries with fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS) . By giving participating countries a lead role, the forum intended to build on the outcomes of the recent Dili Consensus from the International Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the International Dialogue's Washington Communiqué on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, and reinforce the New Deal. The forum provided opportunities for key players in fragile and conflict-affected situations to:
- broaden awareness and foster greater understanding on new ways for working in FCAS;
- share experiences and approaches on ongoing concrete initiatives in FCAS;
- determine ways to better harmonize and improve approaches in FCAS and identify areas to enhance cooperation among development partners and countries; and
- consider how the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States can be implemented in Asia and the Pacific.
The forum agreed on four steps to further the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and to building resilience to fragility and conflict in Asia and the Pacific:
- recognize the common story of fragile and conflict-affected countries, whether natural or man-made, as referenced by Mr. Mohammad Mustafa Mastoor, deputy minister, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan;
- strengthen representation in the g7+ by inviting the fragile Pacific island countries to join and to thereby express their common concerns along with existing members as highlighted by the outcomes of the forum workshop;
- continue to press for a post-2015 development agenda that recognizes the universal importance of peacebuilding and statebuilding and that reflects the results and lessons of the New Deal as expressed in the Washington Communiqué and as recommended by the Honorable Emilia Pires, minister of finance, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and chair of the g7+; and
- continue the FCAS [fragile and conflict-affected situations] dialogue for all affected situations and all affected countries as suggested by Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, Government of the Philippines.