- This is the first time a U.S. secretary of state has attended such a conference
- More than 2,500 participants from all aspects of the development assistance world will attend
- Clinton also will give opening remarks at special session on gender
November 30th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. This is the first time a U.S. secretary of state has attended such a conference.
More than 2,500 participants from all aspects of the development assistance world will attend, including government ministers in donor and developing countries as well as civil society and private sector representatives.
A key challenge being addressed in Busan is how to make real progress in the fight against extreme poverty as well as improving gender equality.
In a background briefing with reporters before Secretary Clinton departed Washington, a senior administration official said that, in her keynote address and in other sessions of the conference, Clinton will highlight the political will that needs to be demonstrated to put development on the agenda.
Clinton also will give opening remarks at special session on gender, and the official said investments in women have an "amplifying effect" which is crucial in making aid effective.
This also is the first time representatives of the private sector will be participating. With difficult government budget challenges the private sector has an expanding role in providing international aid.
China is expected to have representatives at the conference, and the official said Clinton will stress the need to operate on one standard when providing aid, assuring that strong institutions and the rule of law are fostered in recipient countries and that the fight against corruption is strong.
The official described South Korea as the "perfect host," a country that once suffered from poverty but now is safer, more prosperous, more democratic, and provides aid to other countries. Clinton is scheduled to meet with both the Korean president and foreign minister while in Busan.