The UN conference on the Millennium Development Goals, which took place on 29/06/2010 and gathered Ministers of Development and Foreign Affairs debating ahead of the UN High Level Summit on MDGs due to take place in September. EU Commissioner Piebalgs has represented the European Union in the Development Cooperation Forum.
At the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Development Cooperation Forum, EU Commissioner for Development Piebalgs has delivered a key note speech on Europe's position on the way forward to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Commissioner Piebalgs stated: "Europe is committed to ending the lottery of where you live determines how you live. Last week, European leaders reaffirmed their commitment towards the Millennium Development Goals and their development aid targets by 2015. At the G8/G20 meeting, President Barroso called to speed up work. I now call on other international development aid donors to join our ambition to make the fight against poverty a reality. It is time to turn pledges in actions and Millennium Development Goals in Millennium Development Achievements."
The EU has a special focus on MDGs achievement in Africa through Africa-EU strategic partnership on MDGs. The EU affirms it decision in support for achievement of the MDGs, stressed importance of policy coherence on development and aid effectiveness, which were one of the main themes that the Forum is structured around.
The Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) is the principal UN forum for global dialogue and policy review on the effectiveness and coherence of international development cooperation.
The first ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum was held in 2008 In New York. The Forum was established, to be an integral part of the ECOSOC high-level segment, in the 2005 UN World Summit. The role of the DCF has since been reaffirmed in the outcome documents of the Accra High-level forum on Aid Effectiveness and of the Doha Review Conference on Financing for Development. The DCF is an influential discussion forum for analysis and high-level debates on current trends in development cooperation with multi-stakeholder participation.