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31 October to 01 November 2015 | By invitation only

One feature that sets apart North-East Asian countries from others when it comes to development cooperation is their experience as both recipients and donors of aid in recent history. Given the wealth of experience gained during their transformation from recipients to providers of development assistance and their growing significance in various forms of development cooperation, cooperation among North-East Asian countries in development assistance will potentially bring significant benefits to recipient countries. 

In this context, the first North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum was held in November 2014 in Seoul to facilitate analytical discussions on policies and practices of development cooperation in North-East Asia as well as potential areas of collaboration among North-East Asian countries. The Forum was organized by ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office in collaboration with the Korea Association for International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), and supported by the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN) and the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), as well as Russian researchers on development cooperation (now being established as Development Cooperation Association of Russia). It was a unique collaboration among the research networks of the four countries in North-East Asia - China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russia – that are active in development cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The second Forum has been planned in close consultation with all the partner networks, and will be held in Tokyo, hosted by JASID, in collaboration with the JICA Research Institute. 

This year's Forum will highlight development cooperation among North-East Asian countries in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals. 


Related documents


  1. Concept Note for North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2015
  2. Programme for North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2015


  1. Session 1: Introductory session - from MDG to SDG
  2. Session 2: Sustainable Development Goals – roles of development cooperation of North-East Asian countries (4 countries)
  3. Session 3: Development finance (including New Development Bank, AIIB, use of foreign exchange)
  4. Session 4: Means of Implementation, including knowledge sharing, collective actions towards SDGs

Related documents


  1. Meeting Report for North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2015

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