2020 Development Cooperation Forum

United  Nations Headquarters, New York, 14-15 May 2020

Due to COVID-19, the ECOSOC Bureau has proposed to defer the 2020 DCF High-level Meeting until the 2021 session of ECOSOC. Please see here for the latest from the President of ECOSOC. Further information will be posted on this DCF page as soon as available.

WHY — The 2020 Development Cooperation Forum will advance the strategic role of development cooperation in achieving sustainable development.

WHEN — The 2020 DCF takes place back-to-back with the STI Forum 2020 (12-13 May). It 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.


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, 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.

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