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UNSSC and Hertie School of Governance launch publication titled “UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries”

As an outcome of the debut edition of the UN Reflection Series, the United Nations System Staff College in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance launched a publication titled UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries.

The publication is a compilation of 12 papers which present valuable reflections and lessons learned on the challenges and obstacles faced by Middle Income Countries (MICs) in the pursuit of inclusive sustainable development based on academic research and experiences at country level.  

The UN Reflection Series 2016, held in Berlin from 14 to 16 April, on “Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries”, fostered in-depth discussions on issues that matter for advancing sustainable development in MICs. Hosted by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance, this 2 ½ day event convened a highly distinguished group of participants – UN staff, academics, development practitioners and policymakers – from 18 different countries located in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

The UN Reflection Series is an annual interactive learning event facilitating knowledge sharing between UN staff members as well as government and civil society representatives, practitioners and renowned experts in international development cooperation, as well as high-level representatives of the United Nations in a 'non-UN' setting. The programme of the UN Reflection Series 2016 included keynote speeches and panel discussions, as well as clinics with academics and practitioners, which are reflected in the proceedings of this publication, followed by the papers submitted for the event.

The purpose of this collection is to highlight critical areas of support to MICs in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It draws a wide-ranging picture of the realities in MICs, illustrating challenges and opportunities faced by governments, civil society, the private sector and the international community, once a country moves from low-income to middle-income status, and pays strong attention to the new roles and opportunities that emerge when MICs engage in international development cooperation.