2021 High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

2021 DCF - Youth and Sustainable Recovery

Read the official President's Summary of the 2021 DCF High-level Meeting in the six UN languages here. 

Glossy version of the summary and key recommendations available in English here.

Miss a panel discussion?  Watch recordings of each session here:

WHY — The 2021 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) advanced international development cooperation that reduces risk, enables recovery and builds resilience in the COVID-19 period and beyond.  Watch the DCF spotlight video and see what some of the leading development actors and thinkers have to say about the future of development cooperation in this Decade of Action for the SDGs.

WHEN — 6 to 7 May 2021.  The 2021 DCF was the DCF's 7th biennial high-level meeting since its creation by world leaders in 2005.

HOW — The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. Discussions are reality-based, action-oriented and results-focused.

WHO — Convened by the President of ECOSOC, the Forum is open to all Member States and engages all stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, Parliamentarians, local authorities, international and regional organizations and development banks.


  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue in a digital time: Strengthening CSOs' enabling environment (Thursday, 6 May 2021, 7:30 - 8:50 am NY time) [Event page] [Recording] [Key messages]
  • Development cooperation for sustainable infrastructure asset management (Thursday, 6 May 2021, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm NY time) [Concept Note] [Recording]



The DCF Secretariat in UNDESA supports analytical work and outreach, high-level symposiums, expert meetings and other events in preparation for the 2021 DCF and for wide dissemination in the UN and beyond.

The President of ECOSOC, Member States, Secretariat, and other key stakeholders work to promote DCF messages and concrete policy recommendations on an ongoing basis, at global, regional, country and local levels.

UN General Assembly mandates ensure that the work of the DCF directly informs the global reviews by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development.

Read the June 2020 edition of the DCF newsletter here.  Please click here to subscribe to the DCF Newsletter. 

Due to COVID-19, the ECOSOC Bureau deferred the 7th High-level Meeting of the DCF from 2020 to the 2021 session of ECOSOC.

Day 1 - Agenda
9:00 - 9:30 am: Opening of the 2021 DCF
Including: ECOSOC President, Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Professor Sir Michael Marmot (special remarks), Dr. Sania Nishtar (keynote speaker)
9:30 - 11:00 am: Navigating the risk landscape through development cooperation
Including: Rt. Hon. Saulos Klaus Chilima, H.E. Mr. Shouwen Wang, H.E. Dr. Teuka Faizasyah, H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, H.E. Mr. Alvaro Calderón, Mr. Kimio Takeya, Ms. Laure Blanchard-Brunac, Ms. Mami Mizutori, Ms. Mikaela Gavas and Interactive Discussion
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Strengthening health systems for vulnerable countries
Including: Dr. Joy St. John, Mr. Bård Vegar Solhjell, H.E. Mr. Andalib Elias, H.E. Mr. Pablo Tettamanti, Ms. Natasha Bilimoria, Dr. Vanessa Rouzier, Ms. Kate Dodson, Mr. Jan van Zanen, Ms. Thembisile Nkadimeng, Mr. Stefan Swartling Peterson and Interactive Discussion
Day 2 - Agenda
9:00 - 11:00 am: Development cooperation in addressing the dual challenge of pandemic recovery and the climate emergency
Including: Mr. Vladislav Kaim, Ms. Paloma Costa, Ms. Archana Soreng, Professor Dr. Patrick V. Verkooijen, H.E. Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, H.E. Ms. Josefa Sacko, H.E. Ms. Olaya Dotel, Mr. Jorge Moreira da Silva, H.E. Mr. Walton Alfonso Webson, H.E. Mr. James Paul Roscoe, H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Ms. Donna Mitzi Lagdameo and Interactive Discussion
3:00 - 4:30 pm: Regional cooperation to support science, technology and innovation in the COVID-19 period
Including: Dr. Javier Dávila Torres, Professor Samuel Annim, Mr. Carlos Santiso, Mr. Stefano Bonaccini, Ms. Adva Saldinger and Interactive Discussion
4:30 - 5:00 pm: Closing of the 2021 DCF
Including: Mr. Nikolaj Gilbert, Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Mr. Liu Zhenmin, ECOSOC President