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The first High-level Symposium to prepare for the 2010 DCF, organized by UN/DESA jointly with the Government of Austria, took place in Vienna on 12-13 November 2009. As a true multi-stakeholder event, the Vienna Symposium on “Accountable and Transparent Development Cooperation: Towards a More Inclusive Framework” brought together Southern and Northern policy-makers to identify key challenges in making mutual accountability mechanisms more effective at the global and at the country level and to discuss possible common principles in mutual accountability and aid transparency. The interactive discussions also identified steps to strengthen global and national mutual accountability mecahnisms as well as to improve information sharing and make aid more transparent. The Vienna HLS also had a first exchange of views on the upcoming work of the DCF on South-South development cooperation and policy coherence.

The discussions and key messages of the Vienna Symposium will be captured in a report to inform the ongoing consultative process and analytical preparations towards the 2010 DCF.

Background documentation

For more details on the background and objectives, please refer to the following documentation:

Opening Statements

  • Michael Spindelegger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Austria [English]
  • Sylvie Lucas, President of ECOSOC [French]
  • Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA [English]
  • Ruth Picker, Global Responsibility - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid [English]


The symposium featured a number of presentations to facilitate discussions:

Other Statements Submitted

Closing Statements

  • Sylvie Lucas, President of ECOSOC [English] [French]
  • Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA [English]