This year's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) forum will talk about policies, inclusive growth, and sustainability among other things. Photo by: © OECD 2013

The future of international development cooperation is not just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings.  Below are some of the most noteworthy events for the week starting May 27:African Development Bank annual meetingMarrakech, MorrocoMay 27-31Over 2,500 delegates from development agencies, multilateral financial institutions, civil society, the private sector and the bank’s 78 member countries congregate to review the bank’s 2012 performance and its 2013 development funding portfolio. Challenges in the African region direct talks, including climate change, infrastructure, private sector development and governance.OECD Forum 2013Paris, FranceMay 28-30This year’s forum talks about the crafting of better policies and the creation of better lives through inclusive growth, rebuilding trust and fostering sustainability. It brings together representatives from civil society, governments, business, labor and academia to exchange policies and ideas.Vienna Energy Forum 2013Vienna, AustriaMay 28-30About 1,000 leaders, policy makers and energy practitioners gather at the third Vienna Energy Forum, co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, for dialogues on sustainable energy issues. Delegates discuss policies, markets, finance and technologies, and how best to incorporate sustainable energy into the post-2015 development framework.Women Deliver Conference 2013Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMay 28-30Believed to be the decade’s largest global event on the health and empowerment of girls and women, thousands of participants from nongovernmental groups, enterprises, and the public and health sectors are expected to participate in over 120 sessions and workshops at the third annual conference.LatinoSan 2013Panama City, PanamaMay 29-31The Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, Swiss Cooperation, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Pan American Health Organization and the Panamanian Government hold this third forum, which aims to address the current state of sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and explore hygiene challenges and prospects in the region. A Latin American body on sanitation is expected to be formed at the event.Final report of High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development AgendaNew York, United StatesMay 30After a series of meetings and consultations with various stakeholders across the globe, the panel seals the fate of the post-MDGs global agenda with the submission of its recommendations to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 30.5th Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V)Yokohama, JapanJune 1-3The government of Japan — and co-sponsors U.N., World Bank, U.N. Development Program and African Union Commission — foster discussions on the future of African development in the areas of achieving the MDGs, economic growth, consolidation of peace and governance, and a regional strategy on climate change.Other events


International celebrations


  • Bhutan, May 31 (Parliamentary, first round)

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  • Johanna Morden

    Johanna Morden is a community development worker by training and a global development journalist by profession. As a former Devex staff writer based in Manila, she covered the Asian Development Bank as well as Asia-Pacific's aid community at large. Johanna has written for a variety of international publications, covering social issues, disasters, government, ICT, business, and the law.