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HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

The 2007 High-level Segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC took place from 2-5 July 2007 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. During the four-day event, ECOSOC held its first Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) and launched the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) - two new functions mandated by world leaders at the 2005 World Summit to step up implementation of the United Nations development agenda. In addition, the High-level Segment featured the traditional dialogue with the international monetary and trade organizations and a thematic discussion.

Member States, United Nations organizations and other stakeholders from civil society, including the private sector, NGOs and academia, were represented. A series of roundtable dialogues and panel discussions, clustered around the themes of the High-level Segment and organized in close collaboration with organizations and agencies of the UN system, took place throughout the Segment. A Ministerial Declaration, on the theme of the High-level Segment, was adopted at the end of the High-level Segment. It provides policy guidance and recommendations for action.

Key events of the 2007 High-level Segment were the following:

  • The AMR focused on “Strengthening efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger including through the global partnership for development”. It provided an opportunity for participants to hear the views of policymakers, practitioners and academics regarding strategies and approaches to effectively reduce poverty, and to exchange lessons learned in overcoming the obstacles encountered in implementing national development strategies. More ...
  • The official launch of the DCF brought together a wide array of development partners in order to engage in a dialogue on the coherence and effectiveness of international development cooperation. As part of the global partnership for development, the Forum served as a milestone in preparing for the first biennial DCF in 2008 by discussing key trends and challenges to enhancing the quality and the impact of development cooperation. More ...
  • The thematic discussion addressed how to “Strengthen efforts at all levels to promote pro-poor sustained economic growth, including through equitable macro-economic policies” during two high-level roundtables and a general debate. More ...
  • The high-level policy dialogue with the executive heads of the international financial and trade institutions discussed current developments in the world economy. More ...
  • An Innovation Fair on the theme “Innovation and Transformation for Eradication of Poverty and Hunger” was held on the margins of the High-level Segment. The objective of the Innovation Fair was for the private sector, foundations, other civil society organizations and the UN system to share examples of innovative projects, approaches or practices for poverty eradication, and to disseminate them more widely to Member States and other entities. The overall aim was to help raise the awareness of policy-makers at all levels, civil society actors, and the public at large, to potential solutions for helping to advance the overall objective of eradicating poverty and hunger, and to promote the transfer/sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience through networking and peer-to-peer learning. More ...

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