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On 22 April 2010, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organized a Global Preparatory Meeting (GPM) in preparation for AMR and DCF sessions of its 2010 High-Level Segment. The meeting was divided in two sessions:

AMR session (10 a.m. – 1p.m.): gender equality and empowerment of women

The meeting addressed the theme “Who Feeds the World in 2010 and Beyond: Rural women as Agents of Change and Champions of Global Food Security”. It focused on the role of rural women in achieving the Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It provided an opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between Member States and UN system organizations on concrete actions needed to support rural women’s contribution to reducing poverty, improving food security and the right to food, and promoting economic and social development. The outcome of the discussion would provide an important input to guide international community’s efforts aimed to accelerate the implementation of existing policy commitments.

The meeting was organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, and UNIFEM, in collaboration with, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), and The Hunger Project, which opened the session with a video “Who feeds our World”. 

DCF session (3-6 p.m.): trends and progress in international development cooperation

The meeting addressed the issues of accountability and coherence. It provided an update on the outcome of the High-Level Symposium held in Vienna on 12-13 November 2009 on “Accountable and Transparent Development Cooperation: Towards a More Inclusive Framework” and on the upcoming Helsinki High-Level Symposium to be held on 3-4 June 2010 on the theme “Coherent Development Cooperation: Maximizing Impact in a Changing Environment”. The meeting provided an opportunity to explore the role of aid in mitigating the impact of the financial and economic crisis on efforts to achieve national development goals and the MDGs. It addressed the following questions:

  1. How can the DCF contribute to the MDG Summit in September 2010?
  2. Can the DCF provide a platform for providers and recipient countries to hold each other accountable for their respective commitments?
  3. How can the DCF move forward the debate on policy coherence?
  4. Should the DCF take place annually?

For more information on the DCF session, please visit the official page of this event.