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24 to 25 August 2022 | Open meeting

DCF 2022 Poster

North-East Asia is home to key players in development cooperation (i.e., China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation). The 9th North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum will exchange insights, share experiences and discuss challenges  on agile and risk-informed development cooperation towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The Forum is a partnership effort among ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) and Russian Association of International Development Assistance Experts (RAIDAE).

24 Aug 2022
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
Session 1: New Cosmopolitanism? North-East Asia’s contribution to Global Public Goods for Development

Moderator: Dr. Chuanhong Zhang (Associate Professor/Director of Development Aid Studies at COHD/CIDGA, CAU

The multi-folded global risks like climate change, infectious disease and financial crisis, etc. are affecting both developing and developed countries. How to manage these global risks demands global efforts in providing Global Public Goods (GPGs) that can benefit people in both rich and poor countries. As a subregion with very diverse economies, what the governments of ENEA member countries have done on GPGs provision and what can be done to reduce the impacts of the risks are relevant areas for knowledge exchange.


This session will highlight the efforts from countries in the subregion on GPGs provision for development and expound its guiding principles. The dilemma and future trends of GPGs provision in the region and beyond will also be explored.

          Prof. Youngwan Kim (Sogang University)

          Dr. Yuji Utsumi (Associate Professor, Nagoya University)

          Prof. Evgeniy N. Grachikov (RUDN University)

Q&A [10 minutes]

Session on Highlights of the 2022 Development Cooperation Forum Survey Study

Moderator: Ms. Fideles Sadicon (Sustainable Development Officer, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)


          Dr. Yao Shuai (Associate Research Fellow, Deputy Director of Institute of International Development Cooperation, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce)

          Dr. Yuto Kitamura (The University of Tokyo)

          Prof. Kyung Ryul Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

          Ms. Alexandra K. Morozkina (Deputy Academic Supervisor of the World Economy Master Program, HSE University; Head of Structural Reforms Division, Economic Expert Group)

25 Aug 2022
Session 2: Implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Korea

Moderator: Prof. Heejin Lee (Yonsei University)


The UN adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to address economic, social, and environmental issues in a comprehensive way. Major actors in the international development cooperation areas have adopted SDGs as a national agenda and used them for policy formulation and evaluation for the sustainable development of their countries.

The Korean government set the strengthening of sustainable development as the national agenda in 2018 and established the Korean SDGs (K-SDGS). K-SDGs are closely connected to international SDGs, and the process of goal establishment should be promoted through partnerships globally and locally.

This session will explore the characteristics of K-SDGs in terms of its partnership. Also, on the way to 2030, we would evaluate partnership-based outcomes of K-SDGs.

  • Keynote speech/presentation Prof. Jooyoung Kwak (Yonsei University) [20 mins]
  • Discussants: [10 mins each]

          Ms. Zhou Yu (Associate Researcher, China Center for International Knowledge on Development)

          Dr. Jing Liu (Associate Professor, Tohoku University)

          Mr. Andrey Sakharov (RANEPA)


Q&A [10 minutes]

Session 3: Exploring a New Discourse for International Cooperation

Moderator: Dr. Yuto Kitamura (The University of Tokyo)

The basic structure of international cooperation created in the 1950s has evolved dramatically over the decades. Since the turning of the 21st century, this conventional infrastructure has reached its limits in many dimensions. For example, OECD-centric and Western world-centric organizations have reached their limit. Also, financially (increasing financial power of emerging donors and aid fatigue of traditional donors), and ideologically (post-colonial movements, contradiction between modern industrialism and environmental sustainability) we are facing limitations of conventional aid structures. However, the trend to create a new international cooperation paradigm has yet to manifest itself. Donors from East Asian subregion have yet to focus their efforts on creating a new international cooperation paradigm common to East Asia.


This session will discuss on how to explore a more horizontal and sustainable international cooperation paradigm.

  • Keynote speech/presentation (Dr. Kan Hiroshi Sato, Institute of Developing Economies) [20 mins]
  • Discussants: [10 mins]

          Dr. Chuanhong Zhang (Associate Professor/Director of Development Aid Studies at COHD/CIDGA, CAU

          Prof. Kyungyon Moon (Jeonbuk National University)

          Prof. Denis Degterev


 Q&A [10 minutes]

Session 4: Boosting cooperation: How to incorporate academic expertise into the work on the ground

Moderator: Prof. Denis Degterev


Uncertainties that the future brings, and new challenges of unprecedented scale, such as COVID-19, pose a threat to the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, the gap between the academia and the experts directly involved into the implementation of development projects undermines our efforts to address global issues.

Do we react to the yesterday’s challenges and try to solve problems with outdated approaches?

Cooperation and free flow of information among scholars and research institutions, as well as joint efforts for high-quality expertise could result into more effective development projects and programs carried out by both governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations.

This session will discuss possible ways to put theory into practice. Could there be real cooperation for development?

          Prof. Zheng Yu (Fudan University)

          Dr. Akemi Ashida (Associate Professor, Nagoya University)


          Prof. Hyunjin Choi (Kyunghee University)

Q&A [10 minutes]

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia +82-32-458-6600 [email protected]
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