UN Development Cooperation Forum – development cooperation in the times of crisis

On July 5-6 2012 the UN Development Cooperation Forum will gather for the third time at their bi-annual session in New York. The forum, taking place just two weeks after the ‘Rio+20 Rio+20 Rio+20 was a UN conference of the highest possible level, including the heads of state and government or other high-level representatives. It was coordinated by UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA). Rio+20 was a follow up of two important events: the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The conference took place 20 to 22 June 2012 and was accompanied by a number of side events (People’s Summit, Dialogue Days, Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment, etc.). One of the outputs of Rio+20 was the Sustainable Development Goals. ’ Summit, will discuss how to advance sustainable development through development cooperation, on the top of its usual focus on the current trends in quantity, quality and allocation of aid and development cooperation. Another important topic will be the post-2015 global development framework. TUDCN coordinates the trade union delegation to the event.

DCF is one of the functions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC ECOSOC The United Nations Economic and Social Council coordinates the economic and social work of 14 UN specialised agencies. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system. ). It was first held in 2008 to review trends and progress in international development cooperation and promote greater coherence among the development activities of different development stakeholders. DCF brings together representatives of Member States, policy makers, civil society organizations, parliamentarians, local authorities and private foundations from all around the world.

This year’s meeting will focus on the challenges that the multiple crisis present for development cooperation. It will also raise, among others, the issues of development cooperation at service of sustainable development; aid quality, quantity and allocation; best practice of mutual accountability; South-South Cooperation; and private foundations’ role in development.

More about the DCF’s perspective on the current trends in development cooperation will be shared in the Secretary General’s report to the Forum, expected to be published soon.

TUDCN will coordinate the trade union delegation to the event, organising side events in cooperation with the BetterAid platform. Trade unions will keep on stressing the importance of Decent Work Agenda and social protection floor in development cooperation as well as advocate for the Policy Coherence and Human Rights-Based Approach.

A more detailed ITUC statement to UNDCF UNDCF The biennial high-level UN Development Cooperation Forum is one of the functions of the Economic and Social Council. It was mandated by the 2005 World Summit and first held in 2008 to review trends and progress in international development cooperation and promote greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners. It is meant to be the principal forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on international development cooperation at global level. It brings together all key development cooperation actors, including member states, multilateral organisations and players from the United Nations system as well as civil society organisations, parliamentarians, local governments and the private sector. will soon be published on the website of TUDCN.

More information:

- UNDCF website
- TU reaction to the Busan Partnership
- ITUC Rio+20 campaign