International Day for South-South Cooperation Promotes Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries
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New York, Sep 12 (Canadian-Media): Global observance of International Day for South-South Cooperation (IDSSC) on September 12 globally was proclaimed by United Nations (UN) General Assembly in honour of the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, media reports said.
While celebrating the recent development of economic, social and political in regions and countries in the south IDSSC reportedly
highlights UN's efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.
South-South cooperation signifies, according to official reports unity and contributions and collaboration by people and countries of the South working towards their national well-being, self-reliance enabling developing countries to share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources towards goal of attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Republic of Turkey, Middle East, will be hosting The Global South-South Development Expo 2017, said the reports from 27 to 30 November 2017 with its theme “South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40)”.
Amina Mohammed, United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General remarked on United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, in New York that while celebrating the achievements of South-South cooperation for sustainable development 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and said,
“The South-South and triangular cooperation offer a path to balancing growth and equity and leaving no one behind.”
She also added that it was thirty-nine years ago that Member States gathered in Buenos Aires and adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Technical Cooperation and Developing Countries, which “was an expression of the aspirations of developing countries to strengthen their economic, social and political interdependence,” said Mohammed.
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After the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, said Mohammed, leading to expansion in humanitarian work, climate change, mediation and conflict resolution -- by South-South cooperation and technical and economic cooperation -- have led to lasting results around the world.
“In addition, China’s South-South Climate Change Cooperation Fund is now operational and is funding climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
“India has announced a $10 billion concessional line of credit to Africa over the next five years. It is also leading the International Solar Alliance… promoted international cooperation in political and commercial areas…The recently established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will provide between 10 and 15 billion dollars in loans each year over the next 15 years, prioritizing sustainability and inclusive growth,” Mohammed was quoted by the media as saying.
Although across the globe there had been remarkable advances the progress had been uneven, said Mohammed.
According to the United Nations Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2.2 billion people still live in abject poverty, about 1.4 billion people, the majority in the South, lack reliable electricity, 900 million lack access to clean water and 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation.
“Together, we must identify and encourage the critical areas where South-South cooperation can be effective...policy coordination, regional and economic integration…development of national productive capacity through the exchange of knowledge and technology...encourage the countries of the South to further deepen their cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…accomplished with the support of the North… ensure shared prosperity and make sustainable development a reality,” Mohammed said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)