2021 High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

Location details forthcoming
2021 DCF - Youth and Sustainable Recovery

WHY — The 2021 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will advance international development cooperation that reduces risk, enables recovery and builds resilience in the COVID-19 period and beyond.

WHEN — The 2021 DCF will be the DCF's 7th biennial high-level meeting since its creation by world leaders in 2005.

HOW — The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. Discussions are reality-based, action-oriented and results-focused.

WHO — Convened by the President of ECOSOC, the Forum is open to all Member States and engages all stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, Parliamentarians, local authorities, international and regional organizations and development banks.


  • Preliminary programme (forthcoming)


The DCF Secretariat in UNDESA supports analytical work and outreach, high-level symposiums, expert meetings and other events in preparation for the 2020 DCF and for wide dissemination in the UN and beyond.

The President of ECOSOC, Member States, Secretariat, and other key stakeholders work to promote DCF messages and concrete policy recommendations on an ongoing basis, at global, regional, country and local levels.

UN General Assembly mandates ensure that the work of the DCF directly informs the global reviews by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development.

Read the June 2020 edition of the DCF newsletter here.  Please click here to subscribe to the DCF Newsletter. 

Due to COVID-19, the ECOSOC Bureau deferred the 7th High-level Meeting of the DCF from 2020 to the 2021 session of ECOSOC.