Asia-Pacific Development Cooperation Forum (DCF): Regional workshop on trends and progress in triangular and South-South cooperation

Date: 
21 Oct 2008 to 22 Oct 2008
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

Asia-Pacific Development Cooperation Forum (DCF): Regional workshop on trends and progress in triangular and South-South cooperation

(Co-organized by UNESCAP, UN DESA and UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation)

The 2005 World Summit outcome mandated the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to convene a biennial high-level Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) that would review trends in international development cooperation, including strategies, policies and financing; promote greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners and strengthen the normative and operational link in the work of the United Nations. The conclusion of the first Development Cooperation Forum which took place in New York in July 2008 represented the first decisive step in positioning the Economic and Social Council as a key venue for global dialogue and policy review of the effectiveness and coherence of international development cooperation. The 2008 Forum also reaffirmed the demand for an inclusive and universally recognized space for discussions on international development cooperation. By giving voice to a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, parliaments, local governments and the private sector, the Forum gave promise of becoming an effective global platform for representative, participatory and multi-stakeholder dialogue on major development cooperation issues.