Statement delivered by Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundation
V20 MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE X
16 April 2023
Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundation
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, and congratulations to Ken and Majid and all those who have worked so hard to make the V20 what it is today – an extraordinary voice and force on these issues.
We in the foundations, and I speak not just for OSF but I think my colleagues at CIFF and Rockefeller, are very proud to play the role of providers of seed capital to so many of the initiatives, which have developed recently, not just the V20 and the roadmap Accra-Marrakech, but the Bridgetown initiative, which we all also strongly support as well as work on the MDB Accelerator to press for further reform at these institutions along with debt advisory and civil society advocacy initiatives that we support. And proudly also of the beginnings of the Loss and Damage Fund, the first pilot version of it at Glasgow where CIFF and ourselves, along with the government of Scotland, were the first funders. And it is in that spirit of being seed funders and early providers of support to initiatives like this, and I would urge the V20 to spread its wings as soon as possible and escape the very generous founding net of the GCA but to stand on its own. I think this is, if I may say so, critically important to gather as wide a range of donors to your efforts as possible.