21.07.2016

5th Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

The fifth biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will focus on the importance and tremendous potential of development cooperation as a lever for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The High-level Meeting takes place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 21-22 July 2016, as part of the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Meeting will put special emphasis on supporting national efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind. It will provide a lively, interactive space to exchange ideas and early experience in aligning development cooperation and its institutions to the 2030 Agenda – including in the critical area of monitoring and review to strengthen quality, effectiveness and impact of sustainable development. It will also take a distinctive development cooperation perspective to specific challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation, private development cooperation and blended finance, and technology transfer and capacity building.

The 2016 DCF will provide policy makers and practitioners at global, country and local levels with concrete guidance on these themes. It will make an important contribution to the review of progress on the 2030 Agenda, in particular on the mobilization of financing and other ‘means of implementation’, within a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development.

An extensive preparatory process and the 2016 Report of the Secretary-General on “Trends and progress in international development cooperation” will provide the basis for discussions.

The DCF engages all relevant stakeholders – developing and developed countries, Southern partners, civil society and philanthropic organizations, the private sector, parliamentarians, local governments and international organizations.

Official Summary of the fifth biennial High-level Meeting of the DCF

2016 DCF Video

More Information

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:30 – 1:00

  • Economic and Social Council 2016 Thematic Discussion: “Infrastructure for sustainable development for all”, 9:00 – 11:30
  • DCF Opening sessions​

DCF plenary sessions and Concept notes 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

  • Official Opening of the 5th Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum
    • Webcast
    • Speaker Biographical notes
    • Statements
      • H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, President of the Economic and Social Council, “DCF in the global architecture for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda”
      • Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, “Development cooperation as the glue of the 2030 Agenda” 
      • H.E. Mr. Wang Bingnan, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China, “Join Forces for the Delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
      • Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, “Implementing the 2030 Agenda: the quality of development cooperation”

         
  • Conceptualizing Development Cooperation in the SDG era
    • Speaker Biographical notes
    • Statements
      • Introduction of the Report of the Secretary-General on Trends and progress in international development cooperation
        • Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, (UNDESA), Introduction of the Report of the Secretary-General on Trends and progress in international development cooperation
      • Keynote address​
        • Mrs. Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Keynote address

           
  • Session I: “Supporting national efforts to achieve the full ambition of the 2030 Agenda, leaving no-one behind”, 15:00 – 16:15
  • Session II: “Aligning development cooperation to contribute to the different aspects of the 2030 Agenda”, 16:15 – 17:30
  • Session III: “Southern partners advancing mutual learning and envisioning the contribution of South-South Cooperation for sustainable development”, 17:30 – 19:00

Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016, 16:00 – 18:00

Logistical Information

UN Journal Announcement

DESAlert (forthcoming)

Background documents

Registration

The forum is open to all delegations of States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, specialized agencies and related organizations of the United Nations system, United Nations funds, programmes and other entities, civil society organizations and private sector.

Webcast

 

Side Events 20–22 July 2016, NY

 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

  • “Launch of Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) Accountability Study”, organized by UNDESA (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room C). Concept noteSummary Brief: Results of the Fourth DCF Accountability Survey

     
  • “Enhancing accountability and policy coherence in SSC: Monitoring quality and documenting impact at country level”, co-organized by CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Reality of Aid and UNDP (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room E). Concept note.

     
  • “Blended finance in the SDG Era”, technical workshop organized by UNDESA (15:00-17:30 PM, Conference Room E). Concept note, Summary brief.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

  • “Managing triangular cooperation in Latin America: country-led practices and tools”, organized by the Ibero-American Program for the Strengthening of South-South Cooperation (PIFCSS) (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room 7). Concept note.

     
  • “The Future Measurement and Monitoring Framework for Development Finance in support of the 2030 Agenda - Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD)”, co-organized by OECD and UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) (13:15-14:45 PM, S-2726 FC on the 27th floor). Concept note.

     
  • "Side Event: Adaption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific",  co-organized by The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room 5). Concept note.

Friday, 22 July 2016

  • “Principles of SSC and TOSSD: What findings from case studies in the South can tell us about convergence and discrepancy”, co-organized by the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST) and the German Development Institute (DIE) (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room B). Concept note.

     
  • “Effective Development Cooperation for Least Developed Countries”, organized by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) (13:15-14:45 PM, Conference Room 11). Concept note.

2016 DCF media coverage

Preparatory Symposia

Other preparatory events during the 2014-2016 DCF cycle

See here for information on the last biennial high-level meeting of the DCF, held on 10 - 11 July 2014.

About the DCF

The Development Cooperation Forum is the principal platform for global policy dialogue on development cooperation, engaging all stakeholders.

The DCF has a clear, broad mandate to review trends and progress in development cooperation. The Forum encourages discussion on the future of development cooperation. It works to promote greater coherence in development policy and among partners.

The DCF informs the Financing for Development follow-up process and contributes to implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development takes the work of the DCF into account in its review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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