The Agreement between the Government of India and the Global Development Network regarding the Headquarter's of GDN was signed on Monday, 19 May, 2008.
The Agreement was signed by the Finance Secretary Dr. D. Subbarao, for the Government of India and President Dr. Gobind Nankani, for GDN. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of representatives of development partners like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, DfID, JBIC, KfW and the European Commission.
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GDN is an International Organization
We are pleased to announce that GDN is now an International Organization. The Agreement Establishing the Global Development Network has entered into force on 25th February 2008.
With the new legal status, GDN and its members stand strong on the path to promoting development through better research and better policies
Seven sovereign states have already signed the Agreement establishing GDN as an International Organization:
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|Italy || || || | Many other countries have expressed interest in becoming members of GDN and negotiations are underway with the government officials. Colombia ratifies the GDN Charter
In January 2008, the Constitutional Court of Colombia approved the Agreement establishing GDN as an International Organization. This step completed the ratification process in Colombia which also involved parliamentary and presidential endorsement. Colombia thus became the third country to ratify the Agreement which officially takes effect after three ratifications.”
Sri Lanka ratifies the GDN Charter
Earlier this year, Sri Lanka became the second country in the world to ratify the GDN Charter. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera ratified the Charter on his nation’s behalf. Sri Lanka’s support of GDN is a huge boost in our efforts to attain the status of an international organization. In ratifying the Charter, Sri Lanka joins our host nation India, which ratified the Charter late last year.
India ratifies the GDN Charter
The President of India signed GDN’s 'Instrument of Ratification' in late 2005. With the ratification, India became the first country to complete the process in GDN’s move to the status of an international organization.
The ratification follows barely three months after the government of India signed GDN’s international organization charter in New Delhi, October 28, 2005. The Agreement was signed on behalf of the government by Ashok Jha, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Expressing his support for this global network of research and policy institutes, Mr. Jha said that as India is on the threshold of rapid economic growth, good research on policy issues is off crucial importance. On this historic day for the global network, Dr. Lyn Squire, President, Global Development Network said “This will strengthen immeasurably, our ability to build research capacity and is yet another signal of India’s intellectual leadership in the developing world.” Also in attendance at the signing ceremony were two of GDN’s Board members from India-Dr. Isher Ahluwalia, Chairperson of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and Dr. Bina Agarwal representing the International Economic Association.