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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 held in June 2013 was hosted and organized by the Government of Costa Rica and facilitated by UNIDO through its Networks for Prosperity initiative.

The objective of the conference was to discuss the creation of joint action mechanisms and platforms for knowledge exchange and connectedness between MICs and to negotiate a Joint Declaration of MICs. The outcomes of the conference are inspiring enriching further discussions on the formulation of the post-2015 development agenda, as well as facilitating the establishment and improvement of related network governance structures for knowledge sharing among middle-income countries. 

The conference resulted in a joint declaration of middle-income countries, the San José Declaration of MICs.

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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