Building a New Collaborative Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Nov 18, 2014

Photo: Gina Casar, Under-Secretary-General and AssociateAdministrator of UNDP Gina Casar delivers her opening address. Photo: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

Seventh Global United Nations South-South Development Expo Opens in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – The seventh annual week-long United Nations South-South Development Expo got off to strong start yesterday, with more than 500 delegates from 150 countries convening at the headquarters of the Organization of American States.

The Expo is hosted this year by the Organization of American States (OAS) and organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in conjunction with more than 25 UN agencies and partners – demonstrating the strong commitment of the UN family to the Secretary-General’s call for all partners to ‘Deliver as One’.

“South” refers to developing countries while “North” refers to the industrialized developed countries. “Triangular cooperation” refers to development cooperation where funding and expertise comes from the North, and then is replicated and up-scaled across the South.  “South-South” refers to development assistance where developing countries apply their resources and expertise to support other developing countries.

Gina Casar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said South-South and triangular cooperation offer a path to balancing growth and equity in the context of a “new collaborative global partnership for sustainable development” where all stakeholders stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their political, social and environmental development efforts.

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza noted that his organization works to support the efforts of its member states in achieving sustainable and inclusive economic, human and social development. In the area of sustainable development the OAS “is known for the effective collaborative networks and communities of practice that have taken South-South cooperation to a new level and positioned the OAS as a solutions multiplier.”

The President of the UN General Assembly High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, told delegates that the strong economic performance of many countries of the South in recent years are improving the human condition everywhere. To further accelerate this progress, he highlighted a new “pioneering” fund – the UN Social Enterprise Facility for the South - that will pool official development assistance together with equity funds and will initially support social enterprises in Asia.

“This facility has attracted interest from commercial banks, venture philanthropists and hedge fund managers specializing in socially responsible investment funds,” he said.

Yiping Zhou, Envoy of the UN Secretary General on South-South Cooperation and Director of UNOSSC said this annual Expo has proven effective in bringing together development organizations from all sectors to establish inclusive and innovative partnerships, South-South, North-South, triangular and public/private so that the impact of successful development solutions can be scaled up.

“The collaboration of more than 25 organizations of the UN system at this Expo clearly demonstrates the strong commitment of the UN family the the Secretary-General’s call for ‘delivering as One’ in the area of south-south and triangular cooperation,” he said in his opening remarks.

Since its inception in 2008, the GSSD Expo has featured documented best practices from hundreds of partner countries, UN agencies, private-sector enterprises and civil-society organizations.

To effectively build on this broad global partnership, the eight thematic areas of the GSSD Expo 2014 address Sustainable Development with particular focus on: (1) Poverty Eradication; (2) Food Security; (3) Public Private Partnerships; (4) Green Technology Transfer; (5) Decent Work; (6) Industrial Development; (7) Green Economies; and (8) Global Health.

Contact information

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Mithre J. Sandrasagra, UNOSSC New York:, mobile +1 646 391 7834

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