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Anchored in the global partnership for development set out in the Monterrey Consensus, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Millennium Declaration, the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will work to enhance the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, and promote dialogue to find effective ways to support it.

World Summit Outcome

The 2005 World Summit [A/RES/60/1] mandated ECOSOC to convene a biennial high-level DCF that will:

  • Review trends in international development cooperation, including strategies, policies and financing;
  • Promote greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners; and
  • Strengthen the normative and operational link in the work of the United Nations.

Strengthening ECOSOC

As part of the strengthening of ECOSOC, the General Assembly further decided, in its resolution 61/16, that the DCF will:

  • Review trends and progress in international development cooperation, and give policy guidance and recommendations to promote more effective international development cooperation;
  • Identify gaps and obstacles with a view to make recommendations on practical measures and policy options to enhance coherence and effectiveness and to promote development cooperation for the realization of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs;
  • Provide a platform for Member States to exchange lessons learned and share experiences in formulating, supporting and implementing national development strategies; and
  • In accordance with the Rules of Procedure, be open to participation by all stakeholders, including the organizations of the United Nations, the international financial and trade institutions, the regional organizations, civil society and private sector representatives.