The upcoming 12th Edition of the High-level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation (DG Forum), bringing together the heads of development cooperation agencies and institutions and other partners, will be the first one to take place in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It will provide an opportunity for the development cooperation practitioners to take stock of how South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation have performed since the start of the pandemic. Building on the outcomes of the DG Forum 2019, during which extensive discussions were held on the importance of stronger institutional arrangements — or national ecosystems for South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation – it will also provide an opportunity to assess progress towards implementing the BAPA+40 outcome document and exchange views on ways and approaches to strengthen South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation taking into consideration the new trends and opportunities as well as the evolving challenges that development cooperation may face in the medium-to-long term.
With this overall purpose in mind, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are co-organizers of the 2021 DG Forum, this time virtually over Zoom due to travel restrictions, over a period of 3 days in March 2021.
The overall theme of 12th Edition of DG Forum will be “Trends, Opportunities and Challenges on the Path to Sustainable Development: Strengthening South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation in the COVID-19 Context”. The DG Forum is a space bringing together national implementing South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation agencies and institutions. Other South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation stakeholders and practitioners are also invited to the Forum.