A: I am coordinating several meetings a year with the EU’s Member States. Before COVID-19, there were two physical meetings a year. Last year, we moved to a virtual mode and we had four meetings in addition to frequent written exchanges. This is where we have discussions with our Member States to exchange information, discuss various policies, potential new initiatives, as well as reporting of our programmes. The idea is really to help align our programming and financing.
Colleagues often ask me to describe the GDPRD. My simple explanation is that the Platform is the global equivalent to these aforementioned meetings coordinated by the EU. Through these gatherings we also engage with like-minded partners such as the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland. As they have an informal character, they enable its participants to speak freely, stimulating enriching debates. The GDPRD is similar in many ways, but at a global level.
What is really needed is constant follow up and this can be done now with the Secretariat fully operational. The Secretariat is the “flight deck” of the GDPRD, pushing its agenda, reaching out to its members and stimulating debates in a proactive manner. I feel that the Platform is in very good hands at IFAD, so I see us on the right track.