Event preview: This week in development cooperation

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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 June 3:Global Forum on Migration and DevelopmentBrussels, BelgiumJune 3Sweden holds the helm at the Global Forum on Migration and Development this year. On Monday, Sweden presents its key priorities amid discussions at a seminar on the European Unions’s role in the GFMD.International conference on Afghanistan: Peace for all Afghans?Brussels, BelgiumJune 3-4Afghanistan consistently ranks among the top 10 recipients of aid worldwide, after a history of conflict and violence. Women activists, local peace-builders, politicians and experts come together this week to set up a sustainable solution.World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013Naypidaw, MyanmarJune 5-7Myanmar will take the spotlight in talks between representatives of ASEAN countries and their counterparts in civil society. Myanmar’s equitable and sustainable progress, and regional risk resilience and integration will be at the heart of dialogues.After the post-2015 HLP report: Responses from around the worldVirtual, London, Nairobi, Dhaka, BogotáJune 6The Overseas Development Institute brings together a global audience and two members of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda  Amina Mohammed and Betty Maina  to foster two-way talks online and across four countries on the recommendations presented by the panel on May 30.Society for International Development-Washington annual conference 2013Washington, D.C., United StatesJune 6 The conference assembles more than 650 international development professionals from nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, government agencies, multilateral institutions, universities and the private sector, while counting keynote speakers such as John Podesta, Ambassador Rick Barton, Henrietta H. Fore and Thomas Carothers.ECOSOC high-level symposium on post-2015Addis Ababa, EthiopiaJune 6-7The event marks the first major preparatory event for the 2014 Development Cooperation Forum of the U.N. Economic and Social Council, acting as a venue for multi-stakeholder dialogue among traditional donors, Southern development cooperation providers and delegates from private philanthropic organizations, local governments, parliaments and civil society. The focus: A renewed global partnership for development in the post-2015 development era.1st Caux dialogue on land and securityCaux, SwitzerlandJune 7-11As drylands become more vulnerable to climate change and desertification, Excellent Development and the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification conduct a forum exploring the links between drylands and sustainable environmental development, human well-being and security to raise awareness among key drylands stakeholders.Other events

International celebrations

  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, June 4

  • World Environment Day, June 5

  • World Oceans Day, June 8


  • Nauru (Parliamentary), June 8

  • Switzerland (Referendum), June 9

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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.