Meeting with Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, and Deputy Director Federico Bonaglia

The Director of the OECD Development Centre, Mario Pezzini, the Deputy Director, Federico Bonaglia, President Leire Pajin Iraola and the Executive Director of the EU-LAC International Foundation, Dr Adrián Bonilla, met on 29 April 2021 and discussed the articulation of efforts of the two institutions and all those key actors who would like to join the redefinition of the criteria for cooperation focused on middle-income countries.

In this sense, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Monterrey Consensus, a basic document for the Financing for Development agenda and the Doha Follow-up Conference, the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the EU-LAC International Foundation and other actors, propose to build a roadmap that establishes significant steps throughout the year to bring together key actors and address the concept of development in transition from a multidisciplinary and comprehensive perspective, as well as proposals for innovative tools. The initiative aims to put the issue back on the bi-regional and international strategic agenda and to generate political actions to redefine and strengthen development cooperation with middle-income countries.

In this line, the "Special Communiqué on the promotion of a multidimensional approach to measuring the transition towards sustainable development of countries", a document resulting from the 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government organised by the General Secretariat of Ibero-America and the government of Andorra held on 21 April, provides some clues on the need to articulate the efforts of actors at different levels. Those responsible for the document thus call for a response to the commitments undertaken, and to offer the possibility of developing cooperation schemes for all developing countries, whose needs and conditions are heterogeneous.