Development cooperation key for North-East Asia to achieve 2030 Agenda, says researchers and practitioners at subregional forum

North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2016
North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2016

Researchers and practitioners from China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation, convened at the North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2016 to highlight the role of development cooperation among North-East Asian countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The two-day forum, held from 28-29 October, was co-organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office, China International Development Research Network (CIDRN) and Development Research Center (DRC) of State Council of China, in partnership with Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), and Russian Association of International Development Assistance Experts.

First initiated by the ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office in November 2014, the Forum has served as a platform to exchange views on development cooperation among countries in the North-East Asian subregion. This year participants were particularly interested in exploring ways that cooperation in the subregion could be deepened. Researchers from Bangladesh and Cambodia also participated in discussions to offer developing countries’ perspectives on development assistance provided by the North-East Asian countries.

The Forum featured five sessions under the topics of “China Roundtable – China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Its Contribution to Sustainable Development,” “Infrastructure Development for SDG Implementation,” “Partnership of State Actors for SDGs Implementation,” “Partnership of Non-State Actors for SDGs Implementation,” and “Panel Discussion – Government Policy on Development Assistance for SDGs.”

Participants exchanged views and perspectives during the sessions highlighting existing initiatives related to infrastructure financing—including the Belt and Road Initiative—as well as linkages between infrastructure investment with other sectors for effective infrastructure development. The Forum also reviewed how countries have so far responded to the Sustainable Development Goals at state and non-state levels, in particular contrasting responses of governments in formulating implementation strategies towards the Goals.