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Development cooperation for people and planet: What will it take?”

DCF Republic of Korea High-level Symposium

Incheon, 8-10 April 2015

What will it take to put international development cooperation truly in the service of people and planet?

The Symposium in Incheon examined the role of development cooperation in implementing the post-2015 development agenda, at all levels, global, regional, national, subnational.

Organized by UNDESA and the Republic of Korea, the Symposium served as the first high-level preparatory event for the 2016 Development Cooperation Forum. It aimed specifically to contribute to the preparations for a post-2015 development agenda, including in the run-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July 2015.

The Symposium focused on ways to align approaches to financing and other means of implementation coming out of the Monterrey and Rio processes. This is essential to allow countries and other stakeholders to meet three practical and critically important objectives: to take an integrated approach to development cooperation, to ensure more robust monitoring, review and accountability for progress, and to achieve better and more lasting development results.

The Symposium discussed key conceptual and practical challenges around these four questions:

  • How to align commitments on financing and other means of implementation from the Monterrey and Rio processes, to support countries and other stakeholders to take an integrated approach to development cooperation, ensure more robust monitoring and accountability and achieve better development results?
  • What are the implications of a universal development agenda for the policies and practices of different development cooperation actors?
  • As the focus of development cooperation shifts to sustainable development for all, how should the allocation of ODA be improved post-2015? How should the principle of additionality be understood and put into practice?
  • What should be done to strengthen non-financial development cooperation, in particular capacity building and technology development, transfer and adaptation, and how can the private sector be effectively engaged on this front?

In tackling such questions, the Symposium aimed to generate specific recommendations in the run-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July 2015 and the post-2015 Summit at the United Nations in New York in September 2015. It engaged almost 200 high-level experts from a wide range of stakeholders.

The Symposium contributed to more inclusive, evidence-based discussions on some of the challenging questions around financing and other means of implementation and the future of development cooperation post-2015.

8th DCF Information Bulletin on DCF Republic of Korea High-level Symposium

Debriefing from DCF Symposium in New York

DCF Symposium

Background studies and policy briefs

  • DCF study on “Preparing for a post-2015 development agenda - the need for a coherent approach to commitments on financing and other means of implementation coming out of Rio and Monterrey tracks" (forthcoming) [Executive Summary]
  • What is development cooperation? [EN; ES; FR]
  • Addressing changes and challenges in monitoring and review of development cooperation at the national level [EN; ES; FR]
  • Strengthening technology facilitation and capacity building in a post-2015 setting: Understanding the issues [EN; ES; FR]
  • Assessing the suitability of different development cooperation modalities for greater effectiveness and impact post-2015 [EN; ES; FR]

Issue brief

Symposium pre-meeting workshops

Financing for Development workshop on catalytic aid

Mutual Accountability workshop

Joint Meeting of General Assembly and ECOSOC: Curtain Raiser event for the Symposium

The Second Committee of the General Assembly and ECOSOC convened an interactive joint event on a renewed global partnership for development and successor arrangements to MDG8 on 30 October 2014, co-organized by the Republic of Korea and UNDESA.

The lively event served to publicly launch and shape preparations for the DCF Republic of Korea Symposium. It provided a timely occasion to hear the views of experts and have an open dialogue in order to refine thinking and reach greater clarity on some of the questions at the heart of the post-2015 discussions and how to begin preparing for implementation at all levels. It also gave opportunity to identify questions that would benefit from in-depth collective and multi-stakeholder reflection at the Symposium in the Republic of Korea next year.

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