6th Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

United Nations Headquarters, New York, 21-22 May 2018

Official Summary of the 2018 DCF (E/2018/73) [Arabic / Chinese / English / French / Russian / Spanish

Glossy Summary of the 2018 DCF [Arabic / Chinese / English / French / Russian / Spanish]

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The 2018 Development Cooperation Forum took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 21-22 May 2018. The DCF is the principal platform for global policy dialogue on development cooperation, open to all Member States and engaging all stakeholders.

The 2018 DCF addressed the theme, “The strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda: building sustainable and resilient societies.”

  • See programme with speakers for the 2018 DCF
  • View the side events and meet-ups schedule
  • Read background note on 2018 DCF
  • Read the 2018 DCF Report of the Secretary-General
  • Download the logistical note


Monday, 21 May 2018

  • Meet-ups, 9:00 am - 9:45 am
  • Opening session, 10:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Introduction, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Session 1: “Building sustainability and resilience through development cooperation”, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Side events, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Session 2: “Mainstreaming inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships and approaches in development cooperation: policy and legal frameworks”, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Session 3: “Getting better results for sustainable development: the role of National Development Cooperation Policies”, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, 22 May 2018



[Side event schedule at a glance] [Annotated side event schedule]

Monday, 21 May 2018

  • Meet the UN Chief Economist, UNDESA
  • DCF CSO Reference Group meet-up, ActionAid
  • Graduation and differentiation with regard to vulnerability and fragility, Ferdi and UNOHRRLS [Background note]
  • State of play in effectiveness of development cooperation: the 2018 DCF Survey, UNDESA [Background note]
  • South-South Climate Cooperation in Support of the SDGs, UNOSSC [Background note]

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

  • From “aid” to International Public Finance – an evolution, Jonathan Glennie
  • Talking tax with UN Experts and Development Initiatives, UNDESA and Development Initiatives
  • Blended financing and LDCs: implications and opportunities for strengthening country ownership and leadership, UNDESA [Background note] [Summary]
  • Exchange of best practices in water management and food security through South-South Cooperation, UNOSSC and Tajikistan [Background note]
  • Human rights based approaches in South-South development cooperation: A review of good practices, gaps and challenges, Reality of Aidm CSO Partnership for Development effectiveness, IBON International [Background note]
  • Development cooperation for the 2030 Agenda: convergence and divergence of North-South and South-South cooperation, NeST and DIE [Background note]

The Official Summary (E/2018/73) (see top) captures key messages and concrete policy guidance on development cooperation that emerged from the 2018 DCF. These will inform UN-led intergovernmental processes: the Financing for Development follow-up process towards implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; and the High-level Political Forum’s review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The DCF Secretariat in UNDESA supports the two-year DCF preparatory process of analytical work and outreach, high-level preparatory symposiums, expert meetings and other events.

On an ongoing basis, the President of ECOSOC, Member States, Secretariat, other key stakeholders work to promote the messages and recommendations generated in the Forum’s discussions at global, regional, country and local levels.

Analytical work for the DCF, produced on the Forum’s themes and topics, is widely disseminated for use in all relevant UN inter-governmental processes and beyond.

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