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To remain effective, development cooperation will have to adjust to the changing demands of a post-2015 development agenda that focuses no longer only on poverty eradication but also aims to put the world on a sustainable path
22 October 2013

Around 150 Senior policy makers from Governments, civil society, businesses, academia, philanthropic organizations and international organizations from across the globe will gather for the UN ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum High-level Symposium from 24-25 October in Montreux, Switzerland for a candid discussion on the evolving demands for development cooperation as the world is working on a new development agenda for the period after 2015.

World leaders recently called for an ambitious long-term sustainable development agenda to succeed the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015. Building on the successes of the MDGs, this post-2015 development agenda will address any unfinished business of the MDGs and put the world on a more sustainable path.

The Symposium will consider the implications of the new agenda for the future of development cooperation. It will pose the questions: Who should benefit from development cooperation? What type of development cooperation should be provided? Who should provide it and how?

Effective development cooperation will be critical to the success of the post-2015 development agenda. It will have to evolve to respond to the demands of a sustainable development agenda that applies to all countries. Thus, instruments, channels and division of labour among partners will have to adapt. Additional resources – public and private, domestic and international – will also be required to achieve the agenda’s unified vision of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

The Symposium will meet as the landscape of development actors itself has become more complex, with increasingly important contributions from the South, the private sector, foundations, civil society and local governments.

Under the theme of “Development cooperation in a post-2015 era: sustainable development for all.” the Symposium is being co-organized by the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to advance the dialogue on the future of development cooperation.

Breaking down silos

“What is notable about this High-level Symposium is the engagement of ministers and experts from the environment, social and economic spheres”, says Nestor Osorio, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). “Bringing representatives from these portfolios together is a key step in fostering discussions on the impact a sustainable development agenda will have on development cooperation. It will help to examine how development cooperation needs to evolve to address these changes.”

The Symposium aims to help break down the silos between the environmental, social and economic strands of work associated with sustainable development. Given its focus, the Symposium presents an opportunity to discuss the challenges of a unified financing strategy for a post-2015 development agenda.
The outcomes and discussions from the Symposium will contribute to preparations for the July 2014 ministerial meeting of the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum. They will also provide an immediate input to the post-2015 process, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the Expert Committee on Financing for Sustainable Development of the General Assembly.

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