UN Development Programme and Yingke Law Firm sign partnership agreement to strengthen South-South Cooperation

Nov 21, 2016

Mr. Xiangrong Mei, Chairman of Yingke Global Board and Sarah Poole, Deputy Director of UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support signing the Partnership Agreement (Photo: UNDP)

New York, 21 November –  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed today a Partnership Agreement with the Beijing Yingke Law Firm, the biggest own-operated law firm in Asia Pacific, during a special event on the legal environment for South-South cooperation. 

The new partnership aims to support the global coalition of think tank networks to expand research and knowledge production and sharing for South-South Cooperation underpinning the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The partnership will also support deepening the understanding of legal environment and policy coordination related to South-South and Triangular Cooperation

Sarah Poole, Deputy Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, emphasized the importance of strengthening the legal environment and policy coordination for effective South-South and Triangular Cooperation. She said: “In South-South Cooperation, it is often the public-private partnership at play that implements strategic programmes across developing countries.”

Policy coordination and the legal environment for South-South cooperation is one of the priority research pillars of the South-South Global Thinkers Initiative -- the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for South-South Cooperation supported by UNDP and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). The Global Coalition was established to foster engagement of the think tank networks of the South on harnessing knowledge and innovative solutions to advance frontier thinking and policy advocacy in South-South Cooperation for sustainable development.

“Yingke is grateful to the opportunity to partner with the South-South Global Thinkers initiative and will continue contributing our support, knowledge, and expertise to South-South Cooperation, as a devoted supporter to sustainable development goals from the private sector,” said Mr. Xiangrong Mei, Chairman of Yingke Global Board.

Amb. Richard Nduhuura, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the UN and President of the UN High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation expressed his appreciation for the partnership between Yingke Law Firm and UNDP.  He stated: “The agreement signed today will allow think tank networks under the Global Coalition to flourish over the coming years.”

“South-South Cooperation has shown it can make a difference, with countries like China. Not only have we developed successful research studies, but we also have shown how this process works and how it can be shared. The networks along with the Yingke law firm are another contribution towards building a global partnership for South-South Cooperation,” stated Mr. Jorge Chediek, UN Secretary General’s Envoy and Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

Distinguished participants present at the event discussed good practices and challenges in building an enabling legal environment for South-South Cooperation and highlighted the need to examine this critical research area in order to fully leverage the potential and scale of South-South Cooperation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Perspectives from government, private sector, and triangular cooperation partners were also presented.

Contact information

Information on SSC: Xiaojun Grace Wang, Lead Advisor on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, email: xiaojun.wang@undp.org

Media queries: Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, email: sangita.khadka@undp.org

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