PRESS RELEASE: Kampala hosts international experts to strengthen development cooperation for SDGs

Nov 4, 2015

Localisation: Whereas the SDGs are universal in nature, their implementation is expected to take into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and to respect national policies and priorities.

United Nations ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum High-Level Symposium in Kampala, Uganda, from 5-6 November 2015


KAMPALA— After the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), about 150 high-level representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations will gather in Kampala, Uganda to discuss concrete steps towards implementing the new agenda.

A symposium of the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum, entitled “Development Cooperation for a new era: Making the renewed global partnership for sustainable development a reality,” will offer a first opportunity for shaping development cooperation as a key driver for achieving the SDGs. The event is co-organized by the Government of Uganda and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Government of Uganda has received significant financial and technical support toward planning and organising the event from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office as well as from the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC).

The Symposium will provide ample space for discussion on how to align development cooperation policies and interventions for implementation of the SDGs. Participants will also look at different ways to monitor and share knowledge on the impact of development cooperation for the 2030 Agenda.  Particular attention will be placed on challenges and opportunities in Africa in this context.

The means of implementation of the SDGs are critical for success. Official development assistance will remain crucial for countries most in need. The SDGs, however, require an unprecedented amount of resources beyond foreign aid, as called for in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July this year.

The deliberations of the Symposium aim to produce concrete policy guidance for action at all levels. They will feed into the preparations for the High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum to be held at UN Headquarters in New York in July 2016.

The Government of Uganda will organize a press conference at the Speke Resorts and Conference Centre in Kampala at 11 a.m. (Kampala time) on Thursday, 5 November 2015. 

Meeting proceedings, summaries, and other official documents will be made available through:  


About the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Development Cooperation Forum

ECOSOC is the principal United Nations body for coordinating and reviewing economic and social policies, providing advice and fostering dialogue on development issues. The biennial Development Cooperation Forum, which was mandated at the 2005 World Summit, discusses issues relating to effectiveness and coherence – and provides policy guidance and recommendations on how to improve the quality and impact of development cooperation. For more information, visit;; or

The Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) is a key function of ECOSOC. It has served, since 2007, as a global forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on development cooperation, geared towards candid discussions, knowledge sharing and mutual learning. It provides a key source of analysis on priority issues and trends in development cooperation and is open to participation of all stakeholders. The High-level Political Forum takes the work of the DCF into account in its review of progress on the 2030 Agenda. The DCF also contributes to the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, the follow-up and review process mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which recognizes the DCF as a primary global platform for review of quality, impact and effectiveness of development cooperation.

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