OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), 6 December 2016, Paris

Hungary has become a full member of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). After several months of the accession process, Dr. István Mikola, Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation, ceremoniously signed the document of accession on 6 December 2016 in Paris.

”DAC is especially important for Hungary and for the world because it plays a key role in the realization of the sustainable development goals of the UN. Hungary was a co-Chair of the working group, which elaborated the 17 goals” – emphasized the minister of state at the signing ceremony.

The committee, dealing with international development aid, was established in 1960, and out of the 35 OECD member states Hungary is its 30th full member. Since our country has joined OECD, it was observer in the Committee, which the other members of the Visegrád Four had already entered in the previous years. After the successful crisis management, the Hungarian economy has been on a stable and sustained growth path. Therefore the time has arrived for Hungary to have a more active role in the international aid and development policy.

The accession is a significant milestone in the relationship between Hungary and the OECD, as we became a full member in a further area of co-operation. As a member of the committee, Hungary has become a part of a global process, which aims to harmonise global development policy and which deals with the coordination of the program of the UN sustainable development goals in the long term. The effective management of crisis situations, such as the causes of the migration, is only possible by global approach, and in this process DAC takes a central role.

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