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Challenges for sustainable development and international cooperation in middle-income countries: the role of Networks for Prosperity

12-14 June 2013, San José, Costa Rica



The High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries is an opportunity for middle- income countries (MICs) to coordinate and shape regional and global development processes, and to further define the role and interests of MICs in the nexus of global sustainability and economic policy. 

The High-Level Conference was hosted and organized by the Government of Costa Rica and facilitated by the UNIDO initiative Networks for Prosperity

The objective of the conference was to create a platform for knowledge exchange and connection of MICs and to develop a joint action plan as well as a declaration. The outcome of the conference should inspire further discussions on the trends and scenarios in a possible post-2015 development agenda, and facilitate the establishment and improvement of related network governance structures for knowledge sharing, including among middle-income countries. 

As expected the conference resulted in:

  1. A joint declaration of middle-income countries on Networks for Prosperity;
  2. Joint MIC action plans (regional and global), action networks (regional, inter-regional and global) and funding commitments for addressing the global economic and environmental challenges;
  3. A special compact of upper middle-income countries on international cooperation. 

Prior to the High-Level Conference in San José, preparatory meetings took place in Vienna, New York, Washington D.C. and Geneva. These meetings discussed the joint declaration and joint action plans in informal thematic briefings and open dialogues.

The discussions of the meetings focused on the following three main issues:

  • Inclusive growth and prosperity
  • Environmental sustainability and green industry
  • Financing for sustainable economic development

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