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UN At hight-level symposium Brussels 6-8 April


Gathering at the annual Development Cooperation Forum ( DCF)  Hight-level Symposium, stakeholders from both developed and developing countries will design a new path for how development cooperation should support developing countries, in particular the porrest and most vulnerable, in view of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development.

The Universal Agenda with its 17 sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) calls for action by all countries, and demands a rethinking of international development cooperation.  Development cooperation takes many forms – financial resources, capacity building, technology development and transfer and multi-stakeholder partnerships.  All willbe vital, given the great scale and scope of support needed to achieve the Agenda.

The Government of Kingdom of Belgium, in collaboration with the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs ( DESA) is hosting the DCF Hight-level Symposium on ” Rethinking development cooperation for the SGG’ “Country-level perspectives and lessons “,from 6-8 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.  Her Majesty the Queen Mathilde of the Belgians , and one of the 17 SDG Advocates appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon earlier this year, will officially open Symposium on 7 April.

The Symposium seeks to demonstrate how development cooperation actors will work to achieve the SDGs and realize the commitments made in Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, with a focus on country-level perpectives.  It will focus on two specific themes: making development cooperation a better fit for implementing the 2030 Agenda in LDCs and vulnerable contexts; and adapting development cooperation institutions to the implementation of the Agenda.

Participants will share their experiences on what makes development cooperation work, in particular in the Least Development cooperation should be tailored to support there countries to achieve the SDGs.

Participants will also look at the opportunies and challenges in all countries for development cooperation institutions in their adaptation to the 2030 Agenda as well as share their early experiences in adpating their institutions and lessons learned.  A key focus will also be on the distinctive rome of development cooperation in domestic resource mobilization and in responding to the challenges of climat change.

The Symposium will produce concrete policy guidance on development cooperation for the 2030 Agenda and the deliberations will feed into the preparations for the 2016 high-level meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum ( New York ,21-22 July 2016). Tne deliberations will also inform other functions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which has a major role in the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda and Addis Ababa Action Agenda at the global level


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