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Preparations for the 2014 DCF

The fourth Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) (July 2014, New York) will advance global dialogue on the future of development cooperation in the post-2015 era. The extensive preparations will engage all stakeholders – donor and programme countries, Southern partners, civil society, philanthropic foundations, the private sector, parliamentarians, local governments and international organizations.

Focus areas

The preparations for the Forum are focused on three interlinked strands of work, defined in the Support Strategy for the 2012 to 2014 DCF cycle:

  • the future of development cooperation
  • global accountability in development cooperation
  • South-South and triangular cooperation


The 2014 DCF will aim to:

  • Assess how a global partnership for development beyond 2015 could work in practice.
  • Examine implications of a post-2015 development agenda for development cooperation.
  • Identify ways to enhance national and global accountability and effective monitoring of development cooperation.
  • Advance policy dialogue and concrete actions by Southern development cooperation partners on commons issues and challenges.


In support of the 2014 DCF, the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will organize three country-led high-level symposiums, regional expert group meetings and country-level activities such as surveys and workshops.

Work is also underway to build synergistic relationships with other relevant initiatives, including the Busan Global partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Role of the DCF

The DCF is one of the principal functions of the UN Economic and Social Council, established by the 2005 World Summit and launched in 2007. The DCF provides a:

  • Forum for dialogue on the effectiveness and coherence of international development cooperation
  • Platform to engage all stakeholders
  • Authoritative source of analysis on trends in development cooperation

The DCF serves to…

  • Focus the dialogue on development cooperation on its support for achieving development goals.
  • Strengthen the connection between global dialogue and policy and practice at all levels.
  • Facilitate discussion that generates concrete guidance and tools for practitioners.
  • Strengthen partnerships at country level.